“I’ve always liked problem solving, and with my background in computers, I decided to come up with a ‘turtle friendly’ flashlight,” he said. “After researching for about a year, I came up with several prototypes. I played with a lot of ideas, and I wanted it to be cheap enough that the average family on vacation could buy one.”
The result of his work was a red LED flashlight that does not emit a short wavelength of light. Therefore, it is not disruptive to sea turtles.
Stewart began producing his design and founded Turtle Safe LLC, a primarily web-based company with products for sell at www.turtlesafeonline.com. His rechargeable light has been certified as turtle safe by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Photo by USFWS/Southeast