Published: Aug 23, 2010 5:44 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 12:47 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Baby loggerhead turtles in two southwest Florida communities have died after crawling toward land-based lights instead of the horizon of the Gulf.

Eve Haverfield, founder of Turtle Time, a nonprofit organization, said turtles from five nests in Bonita Springs and Collier County became disoriented because of lights illegally shone on the beach.

Haverfield said one nest near a home where two bright lights were aimed toward the beach had 112 eggs. She rescued 17 hatchlings still in the nest and three found crawling on a street.

Four were crushed and she believes 58 were eaten by birds or died from exhaustion.

All the turtle tracks led away from the water.

A Bonita Spring environmental specialist said he will send a notice of violation to the property owner.