Nesting

The SCCF Sea Turtle Program surveys 18 miles of beach, from the Sanibel lighthouse to Blind Pass, every morning from April – October. Over 100 volunteers help with the daily search for tracks that the sea turtle left behind when she emerged from the sea the night before. Sometimes sea turtles go back to the water without laying eggs, which is known as a non-nesting emergence. If we determine that the turtle successfully laid eggs, the nest is watched over until the eggs hatch and there are signs of the hatchlings crawling to the Gulf. Storms, humans and predators may disturb or destroy the nests, reducing their survival.  After the nests hatch they are evaluated to determine the number of hatchlings that successfully emerged.

Loggerhead Nesting

An impressive 654 nests were laid on our beaches in 2015 (522 on Sanibel and 132 on Captiva). This is the highest number of nests ever recorded on Sanibel, making 2015 the second record-breaking season in a row.

Loggerhead Nests

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Green Nesting

Green sea turtles also laid a record 26 nests on our beaches in 2015. The previous record for greens was 23 nests laid in 2013.

Green Nests

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Leatherback Nesting

For only the second time in Sanibel’s 50+ year history of sea turtle monitoring, a leatherback nest was documented in May, 2015! The other leatherback nest recorded on Sanibel was laid in June of 2009.