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.