Turtle Nesting on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

I just read an interesting article from SCCF about last years nesting season.  2011 proved to be the sixth best year for nesting since 1996 on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  In all, Sanibel had a total of 277 nests and Captiva had 75 nests.  Although loggerheads are the main type to nest on our islands, this year there was one rare Kemp’s Ridley turtle nest and seven green turtle nests.  Overall, the islands produced approximately 25,411 eggs and of those app. 15,786 baby turtles reached the Gulf waters.