Sea Turtle Nesting Season - Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Statistics
Sanibel East: 91 nests
Sanibel West: 280 nests
Captiva: 97 nests
The second ever documented Leatherback sea turtle nest on Sanibel was found on May 29th.
Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings.
Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M.
Level all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
Honor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.
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