Sea dunes are crucial to the marine ecosystem as they act as a barrier to invasive foreign objects from entering the ocean, plus they keep coastal waters from flooding inland during high-energy storms. The importance of sea dunes is often overlooked and damaged by beachgoers that trample or drive over them. Without our sea dunes, we would see more erosion and a wealth of wildlife like birds and insects would lose their homes.
Show You Care, Use the Stairs:
When visiting a public beach, you’ll see elevated wooden stairs and boardwalks that carry you directly above the sea dunes. Show your support of the sea dunes and wildlife by using stairs to access the beach instead of walking through the grassy landscape. When crossing over the sea dunes using the stairs, be mindful of your waste and do not dispose your trash or items on the dunes. Parents are asked to teach their kids the importance of staying off the greenery at the beach and to make sure they do not play in the vegetation
Sea Turtle Nesting Season:
May 1 through Oct. 31 is considered sea turtle nesting season, which means certain parts of the beaches are restricted from the public to protect the eggs. During nesting season, multiple activities like campfires and bonfires are strictly prohibited at the beach. The eggs are delicate, and approximately 40,000 to 84,000 sea turtle eggs are laid along the coastline of Florida every year.
Right Whale Migration:
Each year from December through March, Right Whales migrate to this area to give birth and nurse their calves in warm, protected waters, before again returning north to feeding grounds off New England and Canada. Just off the coastline of Flagler Beach some Right Whales come in close to shore – sometimes within a quarter mile of the beach. Mothers can be seen with young-of-the-year calves, and juvenile whales may be seen traveling or playing. Visit the website of the Marineland Right Whale Project at www.aswh.org/whale/main.html for more information.