Palm Beach County beaches host more sea turtle nests per mile than anywhere else in the United States. During Sea Turtle Nesting Season from March 1 through October 31, nearly two million hatchlings emerge each year to make their way to the ocean guided by natural moonlight. The Film & Television Commission partnered with PBC Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to create an informative and engaging short-form tourism video that educates viewers on this unique occurrence and highlights the need for visitors and residents alike to be aware of special precautions to keep these incredible creatures out of harm’s way to complete their journey. Local production company Rory Fielding Films captured the rarely seen nesting process at an ERM Turtle Walk event held at the Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa, along with interviews with leading specialists at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.
“Few filmmakers are ever given permission to capture this scene in Florida, and for good reason. We used special cameras with no lights so that they would not disorient the mother as she laid her eggs,” said Fielding. But capturing video in the dark wasn't the only challenge on this shoot. The biggest wild card was the talent. “Sea turtles really don’t stick to a production schedule,” said Associate Producer Cortney Fielding.
“We didn’t know when or where a nesting mother would appear, or if she’d even show up to make her movie debut at all!” Luckily, the team was able to film a nesting loggerhead. The end result is rare footage they hope will capture the hearts and imaginations of people around the world. The completed video will air on The Palm Beaches TV and will be used as a marketing tool to promote eco-tourism. See more at thepalmbeaches.tv/eco-tourism-concierges.