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