We started our Turtle Walk early this morning, feeling optomistic. There had been several new nests found in our zone, since our last walk.
(The new list of nests found are at the end of this post.)
Not sure what this was, maybe a Sea Slug???
A whole pile of stuff left out, like chairs, umbrella etc. A long blow up boat was at the bottom.
This hole is just waiting to break someones leg. It's over 2' deep.
Umbrella left out on beach over night.
How many pelicans can you find in the tree?
I saw 10.
This was the nest that a critter
had been digging in last week.
It is now covered to keep intruders out.
Fishermen were lining the beach this morning.
A whole Cockle shell.
The last nest in our zone and we didn't find any new ones today.
Steps down to the water. :)
I know you've all heard the song about
'toes in the water, 'butt in the sand'.
I don't think this is the kind of butt
the song was about.
One of many straws found on our walk.
The same man with his thermos of coffee,
again this week. :)
We didn't really sea the sun at all.
A peek at some of what we picked up this morning.
Most of it was small pieces of plastic
and about 25 straws.
I'm guessing the shell nets and ball belonged in someones condo and were left on the beach by a renter. It's difficult for owners to keep this type of thing in their condos for people to use.
When I got home, I was taking a pic of the two little shells I picked up, when I was rudely interrupted by Mr McPuffin Stuff. He bumped my hand, knocked the little mac n cheese (or candy corn as I Love Shelling calls it) to the floor. Then grabbed it and swallowed it before I could stop him.
(So, to my friend Tink, who loves mac n cheese shells, you can come over. I know where you can find one.) :)
Yes, he's such a sweet and innocent little guy.
Amanda Bryant, Biologist and co-ordinator for Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Sea Turtle Program, sent a message telling us that the nesting season is going smoothly. As of this week, we officially have three different sea turtle species that have nested on Sanibel. Below is where we stand as of June 10, 2011.
As of June 10, 2011:
Sanibel East- 12 loggerhead nests, 23 loggerhead false crawls
Sanibel West- 86 loggerhead nests, 1 Kemp’s Ridley nest, 1 green nest
Captiva- 44 loggerhead nests, 15 loggerhead false crawls