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Posted on: August 2, 2022

Leave Nothing but Footprints. . .

Hatchling sea turtles making their way to the ocean

Digging holes on the beach and leaving them unattended is extremely dangerous! We need all beach-goers to help keep our beaches safe for everyone.

Why is it so dangerous?

  • Collapses/Cave-ins - Did you know that national statistics comparing sand hole collapses to shark attacks confirms that you are far more likely to experience a sand hole collapse than a shark attack.
  • Injuries – No one goes to the beach thinking that they will leave with a broken ankle, or worse.
  • Hinders Emergency Response – Holes make it challenging for first responders to quickly get to an emergency on the beach. They can also damage their vehicles and cause another emergency situation in itself.
  • Harmful & Deadly to Sea Life – Holes on the beach can trap hatchling sea turtles and/or their mothers and cause fatal results.

The intentions of those digging holes are harmless, but the act is far from it. Digging holes in the sand can be a serious hazard. If you dig a hole on the beach, consider sticking to shallow holes and ALWAYS fill them in once you're finished.



Brief Video on the Dangers of Digging Holes on the Beach

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