Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Sea Turtle Weekly Update

Photos by Maria Lamb | Nest #22– Only 1 in 1000 sea turtles will become an adult according to sea turtle experts.

Photos by Maria Lamb | Beach chairs and trailers should be stored behind the frontal dune to prevent sea turtle nesting obstruction.

Only 1 in 1000 sea turtles will become an adult according to sea turtle experts. You hear this so often whenever experts talk about sea turtles. What does it really mean? 

Scientists estimate that 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. The odds of an egg surviving to become an adult are even harderand experts believe that it is closer to 1 in 10,000!  

Sea turtles have many natural predators and can fall victim to many environmental threats—such as the threat posed by Tropical Storm Cristobal last week. According to Yesi Olvera, FWC sea turtle monitor for Marco’s beaches, we had one completely washed out sea turtle nest.  

Yesi also added that we had a lot of nests that were completely flooded due to high tides and the recent tropical storm. Although, we also had some sea turtles that came up to nest even with the rain. 

However, experts believe that the biggest threat is caused by human activities which have led the sea turtle species to be included in the endangered species list. During the summer, many more people will be spending time at our beaches.  

There are many things we can do to make sure that we don’t leave hazards for nesting or hatchling sea turtles. A big threat to Marco’s beach is the trash left in front of the major hotels overnight.  

Litter—it is unlawful for any person to discard or otherwise dispose of or abandon any trash, garbage, bottles, containers, cans, etc. on the beach! 

No Glass on the beachit is the law! It is unlawful for any person while on the beach or beach access to possess or utilize any glass bottle or container. 

Photo by Maura Kraus | Sea Turtle Weekly Update for Week of June 9 – June 15.

Photos by Maria Lamb | Someone had takeout and discarded their leftover trash on the beach.


2 responses to “Sea Turtle Weekly Update”

  1. M C LESKE says:

    As a Marco resident and regular beach walker, I am appalled to see the large amount of trash and plastic bottles left daily by visitors, particularly in front of the hotels. Lately, dozens of towels are being left there overnight. Action must be taken to protect our beach and our turtle population, which is currently in jeopardy.,

  2. Mary Aronin says:

    Our beautiful beach deserves better. And so do our wildlife. Thank you for educating us on how important beach cleanliness is in preserving sea turtle survival. I’m very disappointed in the JW Marriott. They and other hotels need to take responsibility for beach cleanliness and pick up after guests when they leave debris. I can’t believe this isn’t standard operating procedure.

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