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SCCF releases first sea turtle nesting report for season

By Staff | May 4, 2018

ALEXIS HORN/SCCF A marked sea turtle nest.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation released its first report on nesting for the islands.

The first West End loggerhead sea turtle nest was discovered by night interns, then by the sea turtle volunteers the morning of April 4. The female turtle was originally tagged on May 27, 2016, near the Rabbit Road access and the night of April 3 she nested in front of the Waterside Inn on Sanibel.

There are seven nests on Sanibel and Captiva; six loggerheads and one Kemp’s ridley.

The total for May 4 (as compared to 2017) are as follows:

Loggerhead nests

– East End: 2 (2 in 2017)

– West End: 1 (2 in 2017)

– Captiva: 3 (3 in 2017)

– Total: 6 (7 in 2017)

Green nests (subhead)

– East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– West End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Total: 0 (0 in 2017)

Kemp’s ridley nest (subhead)

– East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– West End: 1 (0 in 2017)

– Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Total: 1 (0 in 2017)

The counts for false crawls are as follows:

Loggerhead (subhead)

– East End: 1 (1 in 2017)

– West End: 2 (7 in 2017)

– Captiva: 1 (1 in 2017)

– Total: 4 (9 in 2017)

Green (subhead)

– East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– West End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Total: 0 (0 in 2017)