A ritual nearly as old as the oceans plays out every year around May on the white-sand beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, when female loggerhead sea turtles make a pilgrimage to the same locations where they were born, to lay their eggs. Each nest contains about 100 eggs and about 60 days after they are laid, the hatchlings emerge onto the beaches to make their risky journeys to the sea. Once hunted for their meat and eggs, loggerheads are making a comeback thanks to the efforts of many organizations, including the local Fort Myers Beach group, Turtle Time.
Their volunteers perform daily patrols during nesting season to monitor sea turtle activity and gather data. Visitors to the area are encouraged to do their parts to help save sea turtles too. If you are staying in an oceanfront rental on your visit to Southwest Florida, turn off beach-facing lights at dusk between May and October and make sure beach equipment and other items that can entangle mother turtles and babies are removed from the sand when you're done using them.