Hatching season in full swing as nesting slows down
On Aug. 5, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported that sea turtle nesting is winding down, while hatching season is picking up.
“Although nests will continue to trickle in over the next few weeks, our main nesting season is ending and hatching season is in full swing,” she said. “Over 260 nests have hatched on our beaches to date and 14,757 hatchlings have reached the sea. With 525 nests still incubating, that number will continue to rise.”
As of Aug. 5, loggerhead nest counts were up compared to that same time last year. On the east end of Sanibel, there were 142 nests compared to 141 in 2019; on the west end of Sanibel, there were 502 nests compared to 467 in 209; and on Captiva there were 264 nests, which is way up from 186 last year.
In related news, the SCCF reported that two of its satellite-tagged loggerheads have shown some interesting behavior since laying their lasts nests on Sanibel. Pepper took a direct route, making her way south and then east, ending up in the Bahamas. Meanwhile Periwinkle made her way into the waters just north of the Florida Keys.
Follow their movements and see where they head next at www.trackturtles.com.