Residents in Florida towns should turn off their lights and close their blinds because it's sea turtle season.

Between May 1 and October 31, between 40,000 and 84,000 sea turtles lay their eggs on Florida beaches.

Artificial lights kill thousands of hatchlings each year, which is why residents and visitors to the Sunshine State are asked to turn off their lights.

There are five species of sea turtles in Florida, all of which are threatened or endangered.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, property owners who live near nesting beaches are advised to turn off their lights and close their blinds after 9 p.m. 

Residents should stay at a safe distance from turtles to avoid disturbing them.

Harassment, injury and/or death of sea turtles, eggs and young is prohibited.

Baby turtles use the natural light of the sky to find their way into the ocean. 

Turtles can crawl towards artificial light instead of water when artificial lights are turned on from buildings.