June 1, 2012

One Month into Nesting...

We rounded out May with a lot of sea turtle activity and a big surprise. In all, Sanibel and Captiva begin June with 101 and 36 nests respectively. Last year at this time there were 55 nests on Sanibel and 32 on Captiva.

The big surprise came in the form of a daytime nesting loggerhead spotted at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the end of the morning’s turtle patrol. The volunteer patrolling was able to watch her finish nesting from a safe distance (approximately 200 ft. away) and crawl back to the Gulf. 

Loggerhead returning to the Gulf after a rare daytime nesting.

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