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Green turtle nest discovered, relocated on Sanibel

By Staff | May 28, 2020


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that the first green sea turtle nest of the year was laid on May 25 on the bayside of Sanibel’s east end.

It was laid on a narrow stretch of beach that was threatened by daily tidal inundation, so it was relocated to more suitable habitat on the Gulf side. SCCF’s turtle team was alerted to the unusual nesting on the bayside – which is not included in daily monitoring – by a call to the Sea Turtle Hotline.

Aside from the green turtle nest and three leatherback nests, there were a total of 234 loggerhead nests on both islands as of May 27, compared to 140 last year. Notably, the false crawl rate is lower than normal, particularly on Captiva. The SCCF team has documented more nests than false crawls on Captiva, which is very unusual.

As of May 27, the breakdown of loggerhead nests was as follows:


– Captiva: 33

– Sanibel east end: 23

– Sanibel west end: 84


– Captiva: 72

– Sanibel east end: 45

– Sanibel west end: 117

To keep up with the islands’ nesting season on a daily basis, visit seaturtle.org/nestdb.

To report any issues with nests, nesting turtles, or hatchlings, call the SCCF’s Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663.