Endangered Species Spotlight: Leatherback

SCCF Volunteer Permittee Kerry Salatino

May 17 is Endangered Species Day, and we’re shining a light on the federally endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest turtle species on Earth and the only surviving member of its scientific family, Dermochelyidae. All six other sea turtle species are in the scientific family Cheloniidae. 

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Meet the Coastal Wildlife Interns

SCCF is thrilled to welcome five summer 2024 interns in the Coastal Wildlife Department, which leads our sea turtle and shorebird monitoring and research. Learn a bit about them below!…

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First Sea Turtle Nest Laid by Leatherback

image of people next to sea turtle leatherback nest on sanibel

A leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) nest was found on Sanibel on April 24, marking the first sea turtle nest on Sanibel or Captiva Islands this season.  Leatherbacks are the largest turtle species…

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Shelly Cove Supports Sea Turtle Program

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Clothing company Shelly Cove has generously donated $3,000 to SCCF’s sea turtle program. Founded nine years ago with a purpose to save sea turtles, Shelly Cove donates 10% of its…

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Protecting Wildlife During Beach Projects

construction beach monitoring wildlife

Sand trucks are delivering 400,000 tons of sand to five stretches of Sanibel’s beaches for a beach restoration project that began in late December. SCCF is monitoring wildlife during the project, which…

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