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Sea Turtle Nesting Time on Siesta Key

Published on July 28, 2017 by cgwhiteside

Siesta Key and other surrounding beaches (Lido Beach, Casey Key, Longboat Key, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, Venice beach, Casperssen Beach) have a  special time of year. From late April to November, it’s turtle nesting season. Sarasota County has the highest density of loggerhead sea turtles nesting on Florida’s west coast.  You may notice areas roped off and marked with caution tape indicating a sea turtle nest.  During this time, sea turtles come up on the beaches and dig into the sand to lay their eggs.  On average, turtles lay 100-120 eggs in a nest and about five to seven nests in one season. After about 55 days, the hatchlings break out and crawl down to the water.  If you are in the right place at the right time, you may see five of Florida’s 30 different types of turtles on your visit to South Florida, including loggerhead, leatherback, green, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley.  There’s nothing like the sight of sea turtle hatchlings making their way down to the warm waters of the Gulf.

If you see sea turtle hatchlings that are not making their way to the water or if you notice any unusual sea turtle nesting activity, you are asked to call Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle program at 941-388-4331 for instructions.

 

Meet The Author
Chip is a software Architecture Manager and Miao is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway . We have lived in Sarasota since 1990; we have traveled to Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and much of the United States and consider Sarasota to be one of the best places in the world. We have put a lot of love and effort into this unit and vacation there ourselves, our hope is that you enjoy it as much as we do. Miao and Chip purchased this condo in 2015. When we were looking for condos on Siesta Key, this one had it all! There is nothing like sitting by the heated pool, watching the boat traffic going up and down the bay. The fishing from the dock is fantastic - you can catch a wide variety of what the bay has to offer - Redfish, Snook, Snapper, Flounder, Ladyfish, etc. It has a boat basin for our boat when we stay there and the beach is just across the street. In the village, there are an abundance of good restaurants and shopping. In Sarasota, you can visit the Ringling Museums, Ca' d'Zan, Selby Gardens, take in shows at the Van Wezel, Sarasota Opera House, or one of the local theaters.
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