It was the 16th time we hit the beach before sunrise, this sea turtle nesting season. (Yesterday we were subs for another walker, who couldn't make it.) I just love walking out the boardwalk to see a different view each time. Yesterday when we were subs for another turtle walker, there was a strong, cooling breeze. This morning there was a slight breeze, but the humidity was stifling.
It seems like the nesting could be nearing the end, now it's just waiting and watching for the hatches.
I guess there are still turtles nesting!
We found one!
Found this beside, what seemed to be,
a UFO landing site. :)
The one that got away?
As of August 12, 2011:
Sanibel East-35 nests, 84 false crawls, 11 hatches
Sanibel West- 239 nests, 359 false crawls, 87 hatches
Captiva- 76 nests, 54 false crawls, 39 hatches
As of August 12, 2010:
Sanibel East- 20 nests, 65 false crawls, 3 hatches
Sanibel West- 136 nests, 242 false crawls, 49 hatches
Captiva- 63 nests, 117 false crawls, 26 hatches
As of August 12, 2009:
Sanibel East- 27 nests, 57 false crawls, 8 hatches
Sanibel West- 155 nests, 177 false crawls, 83 hatches
Captiva- 80 nests, 67 false crawls, 37 hatches
Info from: Amanda Bryant, Biologist, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation