Leatherback encounter!

Turtle Watcher Angela Barros encountered this beautiful leatherback turtle last night on Panama City Beach while accompanying cleaning crews enforcing our Leave No Trace ordinance. Angela used a FLIR infrared camera emitting no light during her work under FWC Consent Permit 19-038-1 and funded by the Bay County Tourist Development Council. Please help us by not using lights of any kind in the presence of sea turtles, take your stuff off the beach at night (tents, umbrellas, chairs), and immediately call the Beach Police 850-233-5000 to report nesting turtles. We’ve found five nests so far, including two made by endangered leatherbacks.