Signs on Fernandina Beach to remind people not to put gopher tortoises in the water later slot machine paylines by: Deanna Bettineschi, Action News Jax Updated: Local experts say gopher tortoise deaths from drowning are on the rise. They say people are think they’re helping the turtles by putting them in the water. The only problem is they can’t swim in rough currents like the ocean.
Fernandina Beach is the first city in the state that is getting 20 signs to put up at area beaches. They’re a reminder to people that the federally protected gopher tortoises should not be put in the water.