Turtle Time volunteer Becky Kratt had a wonderful surprise this morning as she patrolled her section of Fort Myers Beach. Around 6:30am she came upon a female Loggerhead turtle finishing up her nest. Turtle Time volunteer Steve Johnson was able to capture some awesome video of the turtle that you can see on our Island Sand Paper Facebook page. It is estimated that the Loggerhead weighed approximately 200 pounds and had a 36″ wide track to her nest.
Due to the proximity of the nest to a busy public access Turtle Time Director Eve Haverfield removed all 85 eggs from the nest and relocated them is a safer environment close by.
Turtle Nesting Season is May 1-October 31. Turtle Time volunteers patrol the beach early each morning searching for new nests. Island visitors and residents are asked to do their part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge. Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites Stack or remove beach furniture from the beach. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand.
Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org