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May
10

Sanibel Island Mothers

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Wild adult bobcat kitten with mother on Sanibel Island, Florida

Happy Mothers Day to you and to all of the island moms that make Sanibel so special… like this BOBCAT mamma and her three BOBCAT KITTENS I was honored to see and photograph.

Sanibel Bobcat with 3 kittens in Florida  backyard

It was such a thrill to witness (through a screened window) this special moment  while she taught her kittens how to navigate the island. To read the whole story CLICK HERE

Wild Bobcat teaching 3 kittens on Sanibel Island Florida

This was the quick video of them I took while shaking with excitement… YouTube Preview Image

Oh and I have another video of a mother and her babies… An OCTOPUS with her babies hatching! For the whole story CLICK HERE  YouTube Preview Image

To honor another mother, please remember that we are now in SEA TURTLE nesting season May through October.

Female Sea Turtle fun fact

By following these simple guidelines, you can do your part to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures:

  • Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most beachfront lighting issues can be addressed by turning off all unnecessary lights, repositioning or modifying light fixtures, or closing blinds and drapes.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. Items left on the beach including beach furniture, toys and trash may provide barriers to nesting or result in entanglement and predation of hatchlings.
  • Level all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. These are fine during the day but may pose additional hazards at night. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
  • Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
  • Honor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!pam and her mom

 

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May
01

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

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Eiffel Tower sand castle

SEA TURTLE nesting season begins today! I normally enjoy seeing beautiful beach art but it can be disastrous for a female turtle in nesting season. On our island summer nights from May through October, female loggerhead turtles (and occasionally green turtles, leatherbacks and Kemps Ridley turtles) lay their eggs on the same beach where they were hatched decades earlier. Obstructions like sand castles, beach chairs, coolers or even deep sand pits can distract or injure the mother turtle or her babies after they hatch. Did you know that lights on the beach after dark can disorient adult and baby turtles? Yes, they go towards the light instead of heading to the water so they might end up in the street or parking lot. So we wont be doing any night shelling without red filters on our flashlights until fall. Not a bad price to pay for keeping baby turtles safe, huh?

Susie's Sea Turtle hatching

Sea Turtle hatchling Photo by Susie Holly

This is information provided by the City Of Sanibel as a reminder of what you can do to protect SEA TURTLES…

By following these simple guidelines, you can do your part to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures:

  • Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most beachfront lighting issues can be addressed by turning off all unnecessary lights, repositioning or modifying light fixtures, or closing blinds and drapes.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. Items left on the beach including beach furniture, toys and trash may provide barriers to nesting or result in entanglement and predation of hatchlings.
  • Level all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. These are fine during the day but may pose additional hazards at night. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
  • Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
  • Honor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.

 

Susie's sea turtle scooting

Sea turtle running for the water photo by Susie Holly

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May
01

First Day Of Turtle Season

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Eiffel Tower sand castle

Turtle nesting season begins today! I normally enjoy seeing beautiful beach art but it can be disastrous for a female turtle in nesting season. On our island summer nights from May through October, female loggerhead turtles (and occasionally green turtles, leatherbacks and Kemps Ridley turtles) lay their eggs on the same beach where they were hatched decades earlier. Obstructions like sand castles, beach chairs, coolers or even deep sand pits can distract or injure the mother turtle or her babies after they hatch. Did you know that lights on the beach after dark can disorient adult and baby turtles? Yes, they go towards the light instead of heading to the water so they might end up in the street or parking lot. So we wont be doing any night shelling until fall. Not a bad price to pay for keeping baby turtles safe, huh?

lisa turtle tracker

A few years ago, I was a turtle tracker with my friend Lisa. This is a photo of our first turtle track we found that lead to a nest. A few months later that same season, we rescued a baby turtle after he dropped into a deep sand pit on his way to the water.

Sea Turtle note card

I love SEA TURTLES so much, I even painted one for my  Write From The Beach sea life notecard fun fact pack.

Live Octopus eggs hatching close

Speaking of hatching eggs….. Remember the day I got the video of the Octopus Eggs Hatching? We’re in the news! This story by Anne Mitchell made it into the Island Sun newspaper this week!

Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Island Sun Octopus Story

and continued…..

Octopus Island news continue

Thank you Island Sun and Anne for such a nice article. It really was an amazing day.

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