Here’s Your Weekly Turtle Update


Hard to believe how quickly the 2022 turtle season has sped by. Turtle Time reports that the number of nests remains unchanged and stands at 109 on Fort Myers Beach. There are now only 5 nests remaining to hatch. Here’s how Fort Myers Beach stacks up against the other beaches.

Bonita Beach is also holding steady at 283 nests with 3 nests remaining down from 26 last week.

SCCF reports Sanibel remains at a total of 574 nests. On the east end of Sanibel there are 95 nests (89 Loggerhead and 6 Green), from which 3744 hatchlings have emerged, up from 3456 last week.

On the west end there are 479 nests (467 Loggerhead and 12 Green), from which a whopping 26,224  hatchlings have emerged up from 25,216 last week.

Captiva has 211 nests, all Loggerhead, from which 5,607 hatchlings have emerged up from 5,438 last week .

That brings the total number of emerged hatchlings to 35,575 from Sanibel and Captiva.

Keep up the good work and please continue to close your curtains, drapes, shades or blinds as disorientations can be catastrophic to sea turtle conservation. Remember, only 1 to 4 hatchlings out of a thousand hatchlings survive to adulthood. They are part of the food chain in the ocean; therefore, we need to get as many as possible into the ocean: Fill your holes and do not leave garbage or other items like beach chairs on the beaches.

Turtle season regulations run through to October 31st.


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