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SCCF releases updated sea turtle nesting report for the islands

By Staff | Jun 22, 2018

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation released an updated nesting report as of June 20.

The comparison of nest counts to date (as compared to 2017) are as follows:

Loggerhead nests

– East End: 40 (77 in 2017)

– West End: 205 (225 in 2017)

– Captiva: 72 (109 in 2017)

– Total: 317 (411 in 2017)

Green nests

– East End: 0 (1 in 2017)

– West End: 1 (7 in 2017)

– Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

– Total: 1 (8 in 2017)

Kemp’s ridley nests

– 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

– East End: 88 (151 in 2017)

– West End: 403 (33 in 2017)

– Captiva: 93 (97 in 2017)

– Total: 584 (281 in 2017)

Green

– East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

– West End: 0 (5 in 2017)

– Captiva: 0 (1 in 2017)

– Total: 0 (6 in 2017)

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.