NYDOT Leaves Gaps in New Beach Fence for Turtles
The repaired dune systems along Ocean Parkway are now lined with beach fence gaps to allow nesting turtles access to the surrounding ecosystem.
The Diamondback Terrapin, is one of the few marine turtles that is known to live most of its life in the brackish marsh waters along Ocean Parkway. When the turtles are ready to lay eggs, they generally prefer to use the beach sand.
The Diamondback Terrapin can be found along the eastern coast of the United States from Cape Cod down to Florida but has faced increasing threats due to habitat destruction and climate change.