On Monday, April 16, the SCCF's Sea Turtle Program reported the first sea turtle nest of the 2018 season!
For only the 3rd time in the history of the SCCF Sea Turtle Program, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nested on Sanibel Island. The Kemp's ridley is one of the smallest and most endangered species of sea turtle in the world. We are beyond thrilled that our first nest of the season was laid by a rare Kemp's ridley!
Last year SCCF's Sea Turtle Program had a total of 684 nests on Sanibel - 650 loggerhead nests and 34 green nests - and 189 nests on Captiva. Both the loggerhead and the green nest counts for Sanibel surpassed previous records. 2017 was the fourth year in a row that Sanibel has broken historic nesting records, so we are hopeful that conservation efforts from the past 20-30 years are starting to pay off and sea turtle nest counts will continue to rise.
More information on SCCF's Sea Turtle Program can be found here.
Please keep our beaches sea turtle friendly:
If you have any questions or concerns about nesting or injured turtles please call the SCCF Sea Turtle Hotline at (978) 728- 3663.