Island’s first sea turtle nest discovered
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that it found the first sea turtle nest of the season for Captiva on April 20 and it is a loggerhead. It is the third documented nest for the islands this year, with a loggerhead nest found on April 15 on Sanibel and a rare leatherback nest discovered two days later also on Sanibel. SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported that the Gulf water is pretty warm so that may be leading to an early nesting season, adding that the beaches are generally emptier of people due to the closings of county and city beach parking lots. However, many boats are anchoring off of the islands and people are coming ashore. Sloan reminded boaters and beach-goers to be mindful of near-shore sea turtles and to keep the beaches clear of litter for the sea turtles. If you see signs of a crawl or to report any issues with nests, nesting turtles or hatchlings, contact SCCF’s Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663. For more information, visit www.sccf.org/our-work/sea-turtles.