Marine Turtle Decals

You can help protect Florida's endangered and threatened marine turtles by making a donation to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Your donation will help fund research at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and conservation efforts by the Imperiled Species Management Section.  With each donation of five dollars or more, you will receive your choice of one of the waterproof decals featured.  Current year marine turtle decals are available at Florida County Tax Offices.

FWC has a limited supply of some of the earlier decals. We would like to offer them to individuals who are interested in collecting them. Please indicate the decals you would like to obtain by checking the appropriate area on the order form and sending a check for the number of decals selected.  The decals will be sent to you within 4-6 weeks.

Sea Turtle decal for the year 2014 - 2015

2014-2015 Leatherback Sea Turtle
artwork by Ann Marie Tavares, FWC

The Leatherback Sea Turtle

The giant leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is larger, dives deeper, travels farther and is able to live in colder water than any other sea turtle. Most adult leatherbacks are up to six feet long and weigh from 500 to 1,500 pounds, but the largest leatherback on record was more than seven feet long and weighed more than 2,000 pounds. Leatherbacks are primarily black with white, pink, and blue patches. Unlike other sea turtles, leatherbacks lack a true hard shell. Instead, they have a much-reduced shell covered by a thick, leathery skin. Leatherbacks forage in deep open ocean waters, using their sharp jaws to capture and swallow soft-bodied jellyfish and other zooplankton. During spring and summer, male and female leatherbacks are found close to Florida’s beaches, where they are vulnerable to collisions with boats. Adult females will move onto the beach at night to nest, leaving circular, looping tracks across the sand. In 2013, more than 800 leatherback nests were documented on Atlantic coast beaches from Duval to Monroe counties. Each nest will produce dozens of small hatchlings that emerge at night and must move quickly to the water before predators can find them. Beachfront residents and towns can help the safe passage of the tiny hatchlings by ensuring there are no bright lights along the beach to delay or confuse them.

Previous Years Decals

2013-2014
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Loggerhead Turtle Hatching
By Ann Marie Tavares, FWC

2012-2013
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Green Sea Turtle
by Lizabeth West

2011-2012
Sea Turtle Decal 11-12

Hawksbill Sea Turtle
by Jim Abernathy

2010-2011
Sea turtle Decal 10-11

Green Sea Turtles
by Dr. Blair Witherington

2009-2010
Sea turtle Decal 2009-10

Loggerhead
by Dr. Blair Witherington

2008-2009
Sea turtle Decal 2008-09

Kemp's Ridley
by Lizabeth West

2007-2008
Sea Turtle Decal 2007-08

Green Sea Turtles
by Dawn Witherington

2006-2007
Sea Turtle Decal 2006-07

Hawksbill
by Lizabeth West

2005-2006
Sea Turtle Decal 2005-06

Leatherback
by Lizabeth West

2004-2005
Sea Turtle Decal 2004-05

Loggerhead
by Dean Gallagher

2003-2004
Sea Turtle Decal 2003-04

Green Sea Turtles
by Dean Gallagher

2002-2003
Sea Turtle Decal 2002-03

Kemp's Ridley
by Shems Hamilton

2001-2002
Sea Turtle Decal 2001-02

Hawksbill
by Tom Markey

2000-2001
Sea Turtle Decal 2000-01

Leatherback
by Doug Perrine

1999-2000
Sea Turtle Decal 1999-2000

Loggerhead
by Dawn Witherington

1998-1999
Sea Turtle Decal 1998-99

Loggerhead
by Michelle G. Pasquin

1997-1998
Sea Turtle Decal 1997-98 

Green Sea Turtles
by Michelle G. Pasquin

1996-1997
Sea Turtle Decal 1996-97

Kemp's Ridley
by Dawn Witherington

1995-1996
Sea Turtle Decal 1995-96

Leatherback
by Jamie Serino

1994-1995
Sea Turtle Decal 1994-95

Green Sea Turtles
by S. Castle

 

1993-1994
Sea Turtle Decal 1993-94 

Loggerhead
by FL DNR

 

 

1992-1993
Sea Turtle Decal 1992-93

Hawksbill
by Dee Knott



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