A Turtle’s Journey: Grab a Free Red Filter Flashlight for Beach Walks and Ghost Crab Hunts
DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) – The City of Destin is stepping up its “Leave No Trace” initiative by providing residents and visitors with free red filter flashlights to use at local beaches.
Red filter flashlights are needed to protect marine life, especially sea turtles native to the Gulf Coast.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), condo lights and normal flashlights create disorientation for nesting and hatching sea turtles.
Ghost crab hunting is a common activity on Gulf Coast beaches. To accommodate sea turtles, FWC says to use lights that only produce long wavelength light (560 nm or more, which is amber, orange or red).
The City of Destin bought 500 flashlights to start with more along the way.
“We had the idea to promote our Leave No Trace campaign, but also to promote the right kind of colorful flashlight that you are supposed to use on the beaches at night. “
Catherine Card, Public Information Officer at the City of Destin.
Where to get a free flashlight:
- Destin Town Hall
- The Destin Chamber of Commerce
- Destiny History and Fishing Museum
- Emerald Coast Science Center
- Henderson Beach State Park
- Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Below is a video showing the pollution caused by flashlights during ghost crab hunts. This video was taken in Orange Beach, Alabama.