The Beach is a wild place

The Beach is a wild place (HM20DU)

Location: Sanibel, FL 33957 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 27.161', W 82° 0.872'

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The coast provides nesting habitat for sea turtles and shorebirds. Sanibel is a rest stop for birds flying thousands of miles and seeking out some time to rest and feed along their way.
Snowy Egret

Ghost Crab
Ghost crabs burrow in the sand. Lots of smaller creatures wriggle in the surf.

Black-Bellied Plover
Named for its summer breeding plumage, this plover is light-colored during its Sanibel stay.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling
Sea turtles nest on Sanibel from May through October.

Gopher tortoises—sometimes mistaken for sea turtles—have short legs and clawed feet. Sea turtles have flatten flippers about half as long as their shells.
Gopher Tortoise
Gopher tortoise often dig sandy dunes near the Gulf.

Snowy Plovers
Snowy Plovers simply scrape a little sand aside to lay their eggs. They are dependent upon camouflage to hide their babies.

Snowy Plover photo by Hugh McLaughlin



Beyond the Beach
Up down, up down and out to the bay, Sanibel's topography shows the subtle variations in elevation between the old dunes and lower wetlands areas. These variations, combined with a subtropical climate, yield a tremendous variety of plant and animals, all built upon
tiny grains of sand like the ones between your toes.

Beyond the ridges and swales, the mangroves, mudflats and seagrass stretch out into Pine Island Sound.

Sanibel's mid-summer freshwater wetlands are Everglades-like.

Mangroves help stabilize the bayside shoreline.
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Date Added Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17J E 398856 N 7073783
Decimal Degrees26.45268333, -82.01453333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 27.161', W 82° 0.872'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 27' 9.6600" N, 82° 0' 52.3200" W
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Area Code(s)239
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957, US
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