Sea turtle nest record: Broken ✅
We’re having a banner sea turtle year on Sanibel and Captiva, already surpassing our previous loggerhead nest count record with months of nesting season to spare!
As of today, 1,078 sea turtle nests have been laid and 4,244 hatchlings have emerged. Sanibel has had 789 loggerhead nests and 15 green sea turtle nests, while Captiva has had 267 loggerhead nests and 1 green sea turtle nest.
Two new records have been set: Total loggerhead nests on Sanibel, and total loggerhead nests on Captiva.
Pictured is Cappuccino, a tagged loggerhead who was encountered on Sanibel for the first time since 2017! She’s been spotted nesting twice now, including by these lucky morning sea turtle patrol volunteers! 🐢 Thanks to them and all our staff and volunteers for their hard work monitoring these nests.
Please remember to turn off or shield all lights visible from the beach after 9 p.m., as light disorientation has contributed to several hatchling mortalities on Sanibel this summer. Also refrain from using flashlights or cell phone lights while on the beach in the dark.
Call the SCCF Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663 to report stranded turtles or issues related to nests, lighting, beach furniture, or holes on the beach.
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