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Nest #28

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 25, 2015

2015n27foundA happy Linda G found two crawls on this morning … one false and this one that led to a nest of 130 eggs!

After taking care of her own section, Cindy B arrived to create a relocation chamber and help move the eggs to protect them from high tides.

Great Teamwork!

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Nest #27

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 20, 2015

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Three generations took an early morning turtle walk that resulted in a great find!

FBTW volunteer Elizabeth, her Mom and her son were the happy finders and now the caretakers of Nest #27, Elizabeth’s first of the season.

Thanks to Ann and Lars for sharing this special experience and the wonderful photos.

Nest #26

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 20, 2015

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Great teamwork by Cindy W and Becky got Nest #26 safely added to Folly’s inventory.

Nest #25

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 20, 2015

Allison J found another low-lying nest and created a safer environment for the incubation of its 98 eggs. That’s what nest protection is all about! Thanks, Allison.

Nest #24

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 20, 2015

Charlotte found this new, but too low-on-the-beach nest and took care of relocating it away from the danger of high tides. Repeated tidal overwash will result in eggs not hatching. Thanks for giving this one a better start, Charlotte.

Nest #23

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 20, 2015

Oceanfront Villas was “lit-up like a Christmas tree” when a visitor saw a sea turtle creating her nest. A crowd of about 25-30 people gathered to watch. Fortunately, Ann and Lars and a Folly Beach Public Safety Officer were able to hurry to the beach to help advise on-lookers to stay quiet, keep all lights out and just enjoy the amazing experience. Many thanks to everyone for enabling this Momma Turtle to successfully nest despite the unnatural conditions.

Nest #22

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 15, 2015

Sharon found this long, determined crawl that went up a scarped edge, then up again to finally settle near the sand fencing. A beautiful choice that required no relocation. Did Momma Turtle celebrate her delivery before she returned to the ocean? (Note champaign bottle left nearby.)

Thanks to Shannon and Sharon for the great photos.
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Nest #21

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 14, 2015

2015n21t2015n21found2015n21eggs2015n21finiWowser! Another 4-nest morning. The order of discovery got a little jumbled, but this one, found by Lynn, was among the four very well-distributed overnight arrivals.

Momma Turtle is this season’s Surfer Girl, laying her nest near the Washout’s Surf Shack. If only she’d crawled inland a little further, a relocation would not have been needed.

Lynn and Teresa helped her out by relocating her eggs to a higher, less tide risky-location. We know that Folly’s surfing community will assist in safe-guarding this nest until her hatchlings emerge.

Thanks to Lynn for welcoming Teresa and guiding her through her first time through all the steps of egg discovery and nest protection. Yea!!

Nest #20

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 14, 2015

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Shanna found this 4th loggerhead nest of the morning and, unfortunately, a stranded (dead) Kemps Ridley. Sometimes there are not so good discoveries on turtle patrol.

But back to the nest …

It was a great one that was able to stay where the Momma Turtle finally laid it. She dug one hole, but evidently hit very hard sand and abandoned it in favor of her final nesting site a short crawl away and behind the sand-fencing. She chose very wisely!

Thanks to Shanna and Shannon for the hard work of handling the stranding and for taking care of and sharing photos of this exciting new addition … Nest 20!

Nest #19

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jun 11, 2015

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2015n19fVery short tracks to another first … Congratulations to Melissa A for this great track and clutch find! The reward is very sweet after so many walks seeing “nothing today.”

Momma Turtle did such a good job, too, that Melissa was able to leave the nest in situ.