By Outer Banks Voice on November 19, 2021
On Nov. 18, crews from Dominion Energy began the job of installing special amber LED lighting at several beach accesses in Nags Head — part of pilot project that will include Gallery Row, Abalone, Blackman, Bladen, Curlew, Gulfstream and East Tides Drive.
A post on the Town of Nags Head Facebook page pointed out that the installations also represented “a big win for turtles and the environment today…A dark night sky and lighting that limits disturbances to sea turtle hatchlings and other beach dwelling animals are two important aspects of Nags Head’s character.”
A spokesperson for Dominion explained that “When turtles hatch, they look for a bright source, normally the moon. And they go towards the moon which will take them into the water. If the streetlights are not correctly positioned or are not the correct type of light, the turtles will see that light and go the opposite way, which takes them into the street. The lights Dominion Energy installed are a special wavelength and color, so the turtles won’t see them as a bight source, they’ll go to the moon, which takes them to sea.”