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Green sea turtle nests again on Sanibel

By Staff | Jun 19, 2020

JANET KIRK Holly, a green sea turtle that the SCCF team satellite-tagged in 2019.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported that Holly, a green sea turtle that her team satellite-tagged in 2019, was found nesting on Sanibel on June 14.

Last year, she was tagged on July 21 near the Sanibel Lighthouse. Officials reported that Holly transmitted for 47 days, as she likely migrated down to her foraging grounds in the Florida Keys.

To view her track, visit www.ocearch.org/?details=345.

In addition, the first loggerhead nest of the season hatched on June 16 on Captiva.

Overall, sea turtle nesting has slowed down, especially on Sanibel. As of June 17, Captiva was still significantly ahead with 167 nests (compared to 83 in 2019 during the same timeframe), while the East End had 85 loggerhead nests (78 in 2019) and the West End had 261 loggerhead nests (261 in 2019).

Captiva also has two leatherback nests this season. The East End of Sanibel has three green turtle nests and one leatherback nest recorded, and the West End of Sanibel has three leatherback nests.

To keep up with the islands’ nesting season on a daily basis, visit seaturtle.org/nestdb. To report issues with nests, nesting turtles, or hatchlings, contact the SCCF’s Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663.