People are as fascinated with sea turtles as much as turtles (adult sea turtles and young hatchlings) are attracted to and disoriented by white light during nesting or egg laying season. The plight of the sea turtle is precarious, since nesting females could abandon a nest site before laying her eggs and hatchlings instinctively head toward the beckoning flashlights of curious onlookers rather than heading for the safety of the ocean.
The newly created Turtlesafe™ personal rechargeable flashlight has red LED’s and has been tested and certified* by the ‘Imperiled Species Management Section of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission’. The light output from the red LED flashlight indicates no short wavelengths of light that are disruptive to sea turtles. The Turtlesafe™ rechargeable flashlight meets or exceeds current Barrier Island lighting ordinances and is ‘certified*’ Turtle safe.
Designed by Mr. Mason Stewart, the rechargeable flashlight provides enough ‘peoplesafe’ light to be used on beaches at night, but emits a certified ‘turtlesafe™’ light beam that doesn’t disturb nesting sea turtles or their hatchlings. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Stewart spent his early years exploring the miles of saltwater marshes, dense forests and fast flowing tidal streams. Visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, he learned of the potentially serious problems traditional flashlights cause nesting sea turtles. The new flashlight may improve young turtle’s chances of safely leaving the beach and finding the ocean.
HOW TO BUY & ORDER FLASHLIGHTS:
Currently available at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
By May 16, 2011 ~ offered to the general public via website at www.turtlesafeonline.com. Also will be available at environmentally conscious resorts and establishments.
For customized orders and additional information:
Mason Stewart (912) 399-8809