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More sea turtle nests found on Sanibel

By Staff | May 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Program Coordinator Audrey Albrecht, center, with volunteers Carol Strange and Donna Aldrich at a new nest recorded on Sanibel's west end.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported today that two more sea turtle nests have been discovered on Sanibel in the last few days. On May 2, a loggerhead nest was found on the west end, with another loggerhead nest found on the east end. The first nest of the 2019 season was found on the east end of the island on April 27; it also is a loggerhead. The nests have been screened to protect them against predation; the holes in the screens are large enough for hatchlings to emerge without assistance. SCCF 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 beaches, including 718 loggerhead nests, two green turtle nests, and one rare Kemp’s ridley. Over 38,000 hatchlings emerged from nests on the islands last year. For more information about sea turtle conservation and tips, visit www.sccf.org.