Hatchlings by Phil Weyman
Hatchlings by Phil Weyman

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has reported 15 sea turtle nests have hatched, as of Monday, July 9. These early nests were incubating when Subtropical Storm Alberto hit in May, so it is encouraging to see they survived the storm.

Nest counts as of Monday, July 9 and compared to 2017:

Loggerhead Nests:

East End – 112 (2017); 68 (2018)

West End – 360 (2017); 339 (2018)

Captiva – 153 (2017); 125 (2018)

Total – 625 (2017); 532 (2018)

Green Nests:

East End – 1 (2017); 0 (2018)

West End – 17 (2017); 2 (2018)

Captiva – 0 (2017); 0 (2018)

Total – 18 (2017); 2 (2018)

Kemps’ Ridley Nests:

East End – 0 (2017); 0 (2018)

West End – 0 (2017); 1 (2018)

Captiva – 0 (2017); 0 (2018)

Total – 0 (2017); 1 (2018)

False crawl counts on July 9 of 2017 and 2018:

Loggerhead:

East End – 200 (2017) 146 (2018)

West End – 490 (2017); 621 (2018)

Captiva – 170 (2017); 178 (2018)

Total – 860 (2017); 945 (2018)

Green:

East End – 0 (2017); 0 (2018)

West End – 19 (2017); 0 (2018)

Captiva – 1 (2017); 0 (2018)

Total – 20 (2017); 0 (2018)