First Sea Turtle Nest of Season Found on East End of Sanibel
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation coordinates monitoring of sea turtle nesting on Sanibel and Captiva with the help of about 100 volunteers. In 2018, a total of 721 nests were laid on the two islands. That number includes 718 loggerhead nests, two green turtle nests and one laid by the rare Kemp’s ridley. Last year, more than 38,000 hatchlings emerged from nests on both islands.
SCCF reminds the public to keep the safety of nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings while on the beach. All sea turtle species are listed and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The following are tips to help provide a safe beach for the nesting sea turtles:
Shield or turn off lights near the beach
Take all beach furniture, tents and umbrellas off the beach
Fill any holes on the beach
Do not approach or disturb nesting turtles
Never take a flash photo of a sea turtle
Cover all flashlights with an approved sea turtle friendly filter; turn the flashlight off immediately if a turtle is spotted
Pick up trash on the beach, especially plastic
Honor the pet leash law
For more information on the sea turtles that next and hatch on the beaches, visit the SCCF Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel Captiva Rd., for the Turtle Tracks education program.