Provided to the SantivaChronicle.com
The 2022 sea turtle nesting season is in full swing on Sanibel and Captiva. As of Thursday, July 21, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation is monitoring 757 nests on the islands, and around 7,600 hatchlings have emerged. The nest counts are slightly lower than last year’s nest count of 845 on Wednesday, July 20. Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) nesting season will begin to wind down in a few weeks, and the nighttime research team is also nearing the end of their surveys, with an official last day of July 31. So far this season, the SCCF night crew has had 204 sea turtle encounters, including 119 unique individuals.