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SCCF releases updated sea turtle nesting report for islands

May 28, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation recently released an updated nesting report.

Officials reported that nest counts are up significantly from last year. Peak nesting for loggerheads typically occurs in mid to late June, so they are expecting to see the numbers continue to grow.

As of May 27, the comparison of nest counts to date were as follows:

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Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation volunteers Irene Nolan, Paola Wierda and Darlene Rizzo found the season's first sea turtle nest — a loggerhead — on April 27 on the east end of Sanibel.

LOGGERHEAD

- East End: 24 (19 in 2018)

- West End: 89 (59 in 2018)

- Captiva: 36 (22 in 2018)

- Total: 149 (100 in 2018)

GREEN

- East End: 0 (0 in 2018)

- West End: 2 (0 in 2018)

- Captiva: 1 (0 in 2018)

- Total: 3 (0 in 2018)

The counts for false crawls were as follows:

LOGGERHEAD

- East End: 27 (24 in 2018)

- West End: 146 (77 in 2018)

- Captiva: 41 (18 in 2018)

- Total: 214 (119 in 2018)

GREEN

- East End: 0 (0 in 2018)

- West End: 5 (0 in 2018)

- Captiva: 0 (0 in 2018)

- Total: 5 (0 in 2018)

Some tips to help keep keep the beaches sea turtle friendly:

- Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. If necessary, use amber or red LED bulbs.

- Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.

- Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach at night.

- Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.

- Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles.

- Do not disturb nesting turtles - please do not to get too close, shine lights on or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.

- Pick up litter.

To report issues with nests, nesting turtles or hatchlings, call the Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663.

 
 

 

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