This 4th of July, many fireworks will be launched on beaches from coast to coast throughout the United States for Independence Day with all the evidence still left behind on July 5th. While these spectacular light shows are an amusement for us humans, they can be a great disturbance to sea turtles - both nesting females and new born hatchlings.
Although it can be tempting to want to do fireworks this holiday on the beach, think about how loud the noise is and how it can scare off females who want to lay their eggs! July 4th is right in the middle of sea turtle season which runs from March 1 - October 31. Also the bright lights can be a distraction to baby sea turtles if their nest happens to hatch on July 4th.
Instead, many cities have local organizations who host firework shows on the river or at a park more inland that are just as incredible.
This Independence Day, the Devocean team asks you to think of the sea turtles and make smart decisions!
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Happy 4th of July!