Sea Turtle Nests Update
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium announced this spring that nesting sea turtles had arrived early on the county shoreline.
“Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP) began monitoring Sarasota area beaches on April 15, finding the first nest early Monday morning on Siesta Key,” a news release said. “Other signs of sea turtles included a false crawl (sea turtle comes on the beach but returns to the ocean without creating a nest) on Longboat Key, also documented on Monday.”
“The top-three years for number of sea turtle nests in the Sarasota region have occurred in the last five years,” the release said.
Mote’s sea turtle activities are conducted under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Permits 027, 054, 070, 048, and 028, the release noted.
Approximately 300 volunteers assist Mote’s team of biologists and interns with daily monitoring of beaches, the release said, adding that this year marks the 39th year of monitoring by Mote.