Thursday, December 10, 2015

2015 Sea Turtle Stats‏

Here's a short form report from Brenda Bossman, coordinator of the Don Pedro Island Sea Turtle Patrol:

Statewide nesting report is done.  Here's some stats. 

Loggerhead nests - 434. Represents an increase of 36 loggerhead nests vs. 2014.  In 2013 there were 248 loggerhead nests.
Green turtle nests - 26. Represents an increase of 25 green nests vs. 2014.  In 2013 there were 17 green nests.
Total # of nests - 460 representing an increase of 61 total nests vs. 2014.  In 2013 there were 265 total nests.

Interesting facts for 2015:
Nests negatively affected by roots:  21
Nests negatively affected by inundation/erosion:  128*
Nests negatively affected by predators:  290*
Predators in order of damage caused: 
Coyote, Armadillo, Crab, Raccoon, Fire Ants, Gulls (probably laughing gulls)
*Note:  Some nests were predated then washed away at a later date

Ms. Bossman did not remember the number of green nests in 2013 being that large.  Still, she found it an interesting increase in 2015 (over 2014 green nests).

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