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SCCF releases updated sea turtle nesting report for the islands

August 13, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation released an updated nesting report as of today.

Officials reported that the total number of strandings since the red tide started at the end of last year is currently up to 136. Of those, 97 have been reported since June 1, with 14 in the past seven days.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has been monitoring sea turtle mortality associated with red tide since the 1990s, hatchlings are not impacted by red tide.

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The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported on Aug. 13 that a total of 705 nests have been laid on Sanibel and Captiva this year, of which 243 nests have hatched, producing 16,830 hatchlings.

Sea turtles are usually affected through ingestion by eating poisoned prey. Since hatchlings migrate quickly offshore and do not eat for three to seven days after their hatching, the opportunity for bioaccumulation of the toxin is minimal, officials noted.

A total of 705 nests have been laid on Sanibel and Captiva this year, of which 243 nests have hatched, producing 16,830 hatchlings this season.

The comparison of nest counts to date (as compared to 2017) are as follows:

LOGGERHEAD NESTS

- East End: 101 (156 in 2017)

- West End: 438 (523 in 2017)

- Captiva: 163 (188 in 2017)

- Total: 702 (876 in 2017)

GREEN NESTS

- East End: 0 (3 in 2017)

- West End: 2 (30 in 2017)

- Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

- Total: 2 (33 in 2017)

KEMP'S RIDLEY NESTS

- East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

- West End: 1 (0 in 2017)

- Captiva: 0 (0 in 2017)

- Total: 1 (0 in 2017)

The counts for false crawls are as follows:

LOGGERHEAD

- East End: 233 (238 in 2017)

- West End: 792 (609 in 2017)

- Captiva: 225 (203 in 2017)

- Total: 1,250 (1,050 in 2017)

GREEN

- East End: 0 (0 in 2017)

- West End: 0 (23 in 2017)

- Captiva: 0 (1 in 2017)

- Total: 0 (24 in 2017)

Tips to help keep keep the beaches sea turtle friendly:

- Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. If necessary, use amber or red LED bulbs.

- Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.

- Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach at night.

- Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.

- Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles.

- Do not disturb nesting turtles - please do not to get too close, shine lights on or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.

- Pick up litter.

To report a sea turtle stranding, contact SCCF's hotline at 978-728-3663.

 
 

 

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