Our friends at Turtle Time have updated the latest Fort Myers Beach turtle stats: Total nests remain at 131 loggerhead sea turtle nests. There are 58 remaining nests to hatch.
There have been 144 false crawls. A false crawl happens when a female comes out of the water to nest but due to a disruption which can be an obstacle like a beach chair left out or noise, light etc she doesn’t find favorable conditions and returns to the water without laying her eggs.
Fort Myers Beach has a record number of nests this year. Loggerhead sea turtles nest, on average, every other year which means that we are comparing this year’s nest numbers with those from 2018 and that year we documented 68 nests. We are seeing a 47% increase in nests from 2018.
Please share the beach with theses amazing animals that help keep the oceans healthy…oceans that we depend upon
From the Turtle Time team: ” Please continue to close drapes, turn off or shield any light visible from the beach, use Amber LED light bulbs and fill in any holes dug in the sand. None of these requirements are too difficult…but they can mean life or death to a threatened or endangered sea turtle hatchling.
Turtle season ends October 31.