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SCCF releases updated sea turtle nesting report

July 3, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

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

Officials reported that 921 hatchlings had emerged from nests on the islands' beaches as of July 1.

Unfortunately, the SCCF has noticed more holes than usual on the beaches and could use the public's help filling them in. Holes are a big hazard to little hatchlings because when they crawl into even a small hole they have a hard time escaping. Sadly, once hatchlings are stuck, fire ants often find them.

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As of July 1, the nest counts to date were as follows:

LOGGERHEAD

- East End: 105 (59 in 2018)

- West End: 343 (288 in 2018)

- Captiva: 134 (106 in 2018)

- Total: 582 (453 in 2018)

GREEN

- East End: 2 (0 in 2018)

- West End: 15 (2 in 2018)

- Captiva: 2 (0 in 2018)

- Total: 19 (2 in 2018)

The counts for false crawls were as follows:

LOGGERHEAD

- East End: 193 (146 in 2018)

- West End: 689 (547 in 2018)

- Captiva: 248 (146 in 2018)

- Total: 1,130 (839 in 2018)

GREEN

- East End: 0 (0 in 2018)

- West End: 20 (0 in 2018)

- Captiva: 0 (0 in 2018)

- Total: 20 (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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