Sea turtle hatchlings run into obstacles from the minute they emerge from their shell. They have a 1 in 1,000 survival rate and new obstacles are on the horizon. Coastal development is increasing and is not planning on slowing down. It supports and funds tourism, but has some negative implications on the wildlife that uses this area, like sea turtles. A particular problem with development is the artificial lighting it emits which is effecting sea turtles nesting. When the hatchlings emerge from the nest, they use the horizon and moon to guide them in the direction of the sea. The light coming from the buildings and homes, in the opposite direction of the sea, are confusing and mislead and disorient the hatchlings in that direction instead. In this study I compare electricity use in Florida counties and the amount of hatchling disorientations that occurred there to study the correlation.
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