40% of sea turtle hatchlings in Broward County FL go towards city lights instead of to the sea.  In 2012, STOP volunteers documented over 20,000 hatchlings that disoriented to lights. Our volunteers monitor sea turtle nests from dusk til dawn. We count the number of hatchlings that emerge from each nest in real-time and sends live public updates to our website http://seaturtleop.org using mobile devices from the beach.

Hatchlings that go east to the ocean are left alone. Hatchlings that disorient to lights are documented and recovered in buckets. Rescued hatchlings are released into the sea or taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. 


STOP is based in Ft. Lauderdale but performs sea turtle hatchling rescue in all of Broward County including Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano, Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania and Hollywood.   Permit # 192 is the first of its kind in Broward county, Florida - as it is designated for the sole purpose to rescue and release disoriented sea turtle hatchlings in Broward County, Florida and to document the disorientation events for local and state law enforcement officials. Now in our seventh year, STOP has quickly grown to be the largest "feet on the sand" sea turtle hatchling rescue program in the State of Florida!

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