This rugged 7 LED Turtlesafe™ flashlight with lanyard ring uses two “D” cell batteries and has been certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet their strict requirements for wildlife lighting*. It has been specially designed to emit only long wavelength light (ranging from 590 to 750nm in length) that is not disruptive to nesting sea turtles or their hatchlings. To our knowledge, it meets or exceeds all current barrier island lighting ordinances. However, it is important to remember that sea turtles are protected under Federal Law and any harassment or interference with them is subject to penalty. Therefore, we recommend that this flashlight be used in accordance with viewing recommendations include in the packaging.

Note: "D" cell batteries not included.

Price: $16.95 includes shipping anywhere in the U.S.

* When used in accordance with included viewing recommendations.

About Turtlesafe

THE "TURTLESAFE" LIGHT THAT IS OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED TO BE SAFE FOR WILDLIFE VIEWING.

Turtlesafelightsonthebeach-w650-h650Turtlesafe LLC was founded by Mason Stewart, a Brunswick, Georgia resident who grew up in the lush semi-tropical paradise that is coastal Georgia. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Stewart spent his early years exploring the miles of saltwater marshes, dense forests, and fast flowing tidal streams known as "The Golden Isles". They are his home.

Mr. Stewart first became acquainted with sea turtles while working as a life guard on Jekyll Island during the late 1950's when there were almost as many turtles as tourists. After retiring and moving back to the Golden Isles in 2005, he became involved in the plight of our turtles while visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island with his grandchildren. It was there that he learned of the potentially serious problems traditional flashlights cause nesting sea turtles.

Turtle Safe LightsStandard flashlights that emit white or short wavelength light disorient both adult sea turtles and young hatchlings: the environmentally intrusive lights may cause nesting females to abandon a nest site before laying her eggs, while hatchlings, using the night sky (stars and moon) to locate the ocean, instinctively head towards the beckoning flashlights of the curious onlookers, severely diminishing the young turtle's chances of ever getting safely off the beach and into the ocean.

Recognizing the reality that people and turtles will inevitably interact during turtle nesting season, Mr. Stewart decided to design a flashlight that would provide enough "peoplesafe" light to be used on beaches at night, but emit a "Turtlesafe" light beam that does not disturb nesting sea turtles or their hatchlings. After several prototypes, The Turtlesafe flashlight is the result of that effort.

Adult LoggerheadIn March of 2011 Turtlesafe LLC received a Wildlife Lighting Certificate from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission with an accompanying letter stating in part that, "The Turtlesafe flashlight with red LED's has been tested by the Imperiled Species Management Section of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission and met our criteria for Wildlife Lighting. Our review of the light output from the red LED flashlight indicates no short wavelength of light [is emitted] that is disruptive to sea turtles. The result of our spectroscopic analysis measured light output from the red LED flashlight in wavelengths ranging from 590 to 750nm".

Though technical, it is important to note here that the spectroscopic analysis results described above meet the stringent requirements of Section VI of the Jekyll Island Park Authority Beach Lighting Ordinance (Code) of 1981 adopted and enacted August 11, 2008 relating to "Prohibition of Certain Beach Activities utilizing Artificial Lights and Lighting Affecting Sea Turtles". The Turtlesafe LLC certified "Turtlesafe" flashlight is indeed, TURTLE SAFE.

Certified by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

This Turtlesafe flashlight has been certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet their requirements for Wildlife Lighting. It emits only long wavelength light (ranging from 590 to 750nm in length) that is not disruptive to sea turtles. Though this flashlight meets or exceeds current Barrier Island lighting ordinances, it is important to remember that sea turtles are protected under Federal law and any harassment or interference with them is subject to penalty. Therefore Turtlesafe LLC, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the State Fish and Wildlife Commissions recommend the following rules be observed when using this Turtlesafe flashlight:

  • DO NOT use standard white light flashlights for viewing sea turtles.
  • DO NOT shine any light on the sea turtle or its face.
  • DO NOT take pictures using a flash.
  • DO NOT touch or handle any sea turtle.
  • DO NOT touch or handle sea turtle eggs or put anything in the nest.
  • DO NOT block or stand in a turtle's path to the ocean.
  • DO NOT disturb tracks left by adult or hatchling turtles.
  • DO watch from a distance.
  • DO stay out of sight.
  • DO stay behind the sea turtle until she begins laying her eggs.
  • DO remain quiet and still.
  • DO leave the hatchlings in their nest.
  • DO let them emerge & crawl to the water on their own.
  • DO use only certified turtle safe lighting on barrier island beaches.
  • DO enjoy the experience and remember it for the rest of your life.

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