Record high total of sea turtle nests for islands
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported that all the sea turtle volunteers are back on patrol now, as the off-island volunteers rejoined on June 3.
The reopening of public beach parking lots by the city of Sanibel prompted the phase two addition of off-island volunteers. On-island volunteers have been back on duty since mid-May.
“We are so happy to have all of our volunteers back in action,” Sloan said. “They do so much work for us. And, we are having a very busy season.”
Last week, the team encountered a loggerhead near Gulf Pines on Sanibel nesting in the daytime, which is quite unusual. She was the second daytime nester this season and nested on the same day as the other one.
Aside from one green turtle nest and four leatherback nests, the SCCF had documented a total of 328 loggerhead nests on both islands as of June 3. The breakdown of nests by location was as follows:
– Captiva: 114
– Sanibel east end: 58
– Sanibel west end: 162
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.