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Turtle Glass Options by Simonton Windows

May 20, 2009

This glass option meets code requirements of a lower visible light transmittance in many seaside locations to deter sea turtles from heading inland instead of toward the ocean.

Turtle Glass is now available as an option in impact-resistant Simonton StormBreaker Plus® sliding patio doors and all of its StormBreaker products. The glass option meets code requirements of a lower visible light transmittance in many seaside locations to deter sea turtles from heading inland instead of toward the ocean.

Starting on May 1 each year, female loggerhead sea turtles leave the ocean to dig nests on the beach and lay approximately 100 eggs. After covering the nest with sand, the female, using the moon as a guide, returns to the sea. Two months later, the eggs hatch and baby sea turtles emerge, ready to follow the moon back to the sea.

As coastal areas have become more inhabited by humans, bright lights from homes, stores, parks, and streets confuse the turtles. Mistaking the artificial lights for the moon, the mother turtles and their young have headed inland instead of to the ocean, where they die from dehydration and heat exhaustion or street traffic.

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