Finally some good news!
After caring for five endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that had been rescued from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, SeaWorld Orlando released them into the waters of Gullivan Bay near Marco Island, Fl. The area is a natural habitat for Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.
Here on Sanibel and Captiva the number of sea turtle nests is still lower than it was last year at this time, but the number is growing. Hopefully that is because the season got started a little late and our Mommy turtles will soon catch up. :) This is the total number of nests, false crawls, and hatches up to today, July 12, 2010 and the previous two years for comparison.
As of July 12, 2010:
Sanibel East- 13 nests, 51 false crawls, 0 hatches
Sanibel West- 98 nests, 199 false crawls, 5 hatches
Captiva- 43 nests, 101 false crawls, 2 hatches
As of July 12, 2009:
Sanibel East- 23 nests, 50 false crawls, 0 hatches
Sanibel West- 131 nests, 159 false crawls, 9 hatches
Captiva- 69 nests, 55 false crawls, 8 hatches
As of July 12, 2008:
Sanibel East- 28 nests, 42 false crawls, 1 hatch
Sanibel West- 199 nests, 200 false crawls, 12 hatches
Captiva- 101 nests, 86 false crawls, 13 hatches