New Nags Head lights to protect sea turtles

By on November 19, 2021

(Photos courtesy Dominion Energy)
(Photos courtesy Dominion Energy)
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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.”

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Comments

  • TURTLE FRIEND

    Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Manteo have lighting requirements for homeowners and businesses, as well.

    They should be enforced. They are not.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 2:02 pm
  • Ben Weber

    Isn’t that a bright idea……sorry….had to do it.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 3:11 pm
  • WindyBill

    Nags Head is Leading the Way to better night skies! “The colonists and Wrights had a nice dark place, Now you see Kill Devil from Outer Space!”.

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 1:13 pm
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