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Jellyfish and Turtles

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Jellyfish and Turtles

I'm coming to Destin for the first time Aug 5th and have been reading up on this forum. Thanks for all of the great info!

Tell me about jellyfish - are they always there? Only with a storm? What do they look like? I've seen people saying they are bringing meat tenderizer or vinegar? Is this what I need in case I get stung?

Are any of the turtles hatching yet? I've seen that you shouldn't use flashlights, is this because it will disorient them? I'd love to see them, but don't want to hinder them in making it to the water. Trying to be a responsible tourist :)

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1. Re: Jellyfish and Turtles

Jellyfish can be in the water at any time. We just got back a week ago from spending 2 weeks on Okaloosa Island and never saw a jellyfish there or while diving out of Destin. It is turtle nesting season. If you must take a flashlight out on the beach at night, make sure you have some sort of red filter on it.

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2. Re: Jellyfish and Turtles

Some of the early turtle nests are getting near hatching in the next week or so. The odds of seeing one hatch is very small. When nests get near their time we start to watch them closely but since most nests hatch overnight we usually find them in after they have made their way to the water. Please do not use flashlights at night on the beach. The hatchlings use the moons reflection over the water to guide them. If flashlights or any lights are in the area they get confused and may never make it to the water. If they do make it to the water safely they then have a 24 -48 hour swim to the Sargasso. There they are relatively safe. Making it there is not an easy job. This is why we do whatever we can to help them.

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