The Program also maintains a "Sea Turtle Emergency Response" cell-phone number. This number is advertised locally for the purpose of reporting information about injured or stranded turtles, disoriented hatchling turtles, poaching, and dead sea turtles that have washed ashore. The Program always notifies FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) each time they respond to an incident.
BROWARD COUNTY SEA TURTLE EMERGENCY HOTLINE IS 954-328-0580.
FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number at 1-888-404-3922.
If you observe an adult sea turtle or hatchling on the beach, please adhere to the following rules and guidelines:
- It is normal for sea turtles to be crawling on the beach on summer nights. DO NOT report crawling or nesting (digging or laying eggs) activity on the published SEA TURTLE EMERGENCY LINE unless the animal is in a dangerous situation (on a road, in a parking lot, etc. or has wandered well off the beach).
- Stay far away from crawling or nesting sea turtles. Although the urge to observe closely will be great, please resist the urge. Nesting is a critical stage in the sealive loggerhead turtle turtle's life cycle. Please leave them undistrubed.
- DO REPORT all stranded (dead, injured, or apparently healthy) turtles to the SEA TURTLE EMERGENCY LINE. Report all turtles that have not moved for 30 minutes or longer.
- Never handle hatchling sea turtles. If you observe hatchlings wandering away from the ocean or on the beach, call the SEA TURTLE EMERGENCY LINE immediately.