Sanibel Sea Turtles

The world knows Sanibel for its shell-covered beaches. Less well-known but just as significant is Sanibel’s association with sea turtles. Each year, sea turtles land on Sanibel beaches to nest. The nesting season officially starts, as recognized by the City of Sanibel, on May 1.

Baby turtles on their way to sea

Scores of Sanibel residents and guests volunteer to locate the nests, cordon them off from human intrusion and monitor their development. Eventually, little hatchlings work their way out of the nests and scamper to the Gulf water to begin their life at sea. Since, these little critters are tasty morsels for airborne predators, the hatchlings make their migration at night, guided by light on the Western horizon.

For more about sea turtles and Sanibel, plan to attend a free lecture at 10am & 1pm in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center auditorium, on Friday, April 5. Jeremy Conrad & Amanda Bryant will talk about Sea Turtles of Sanibel. For a more information, call the refuge at 239-472-1100 ext. 241.

Need beach accommodations on Sanibel? Gulf Breeze Cottages has traditional island style cottages for your comfort and relaxation. 800-388-2842 is the number to call.