Kelly and Teresa were able to leave this nest where the momma laid it — a little lower on the beach than we’re normally comfortable with, but nearby relocation sites were already loaded with roots from the vegetation. To avoid introducing a bigger problem for the eggs, the decision was made to leave them in situ.
This was Kelly’s first ever find — that amazing moment that keeps volunteers coming back again and again. And to share it with others? Even better!
Another turtle sighting was called in to Public Safety around 1 a.m. At dawn, Tim and Charlotte took care of relocating her eggs a bit higher on the beach.
Another Bob find … this time relocation was needed and a smallish clutch of 89 eggs, some very oddly shaped, were moved further from the reach of high tides.
Another in situ nest … meaning it remains where the turtle laid it. Thanks, Bob, for confirming the eggs and marking the nest for safe-keeping until hatchlings emerge.
Someone fortunate enough to see this turtle nesting during the night called Public Safety to alert us to the new nest. Cheryl took care of relocating the clutch of over 100 eggs to a higher location nearby. Too much water seeping into an egg chamber disrupts the oxygen exchange needed for successful development. Thanks to Cheryl’s work, these eggs will have a better chance of hatching.
Susie found tracks that led to a nest site almost on top of the high tide line. Oops.
A little too close for comfort, so Susie and Shannon moved the 123 eggs to a safer location a bit higher on the beach. Valerie and Steve from John’s Island were staying nearby and were excited to be able to witness the process and talk with our wonderful volunteers.
Looked like a quick turnaround on a hard, flat surface near new sandfencing — just another false crawl — but, not so! Michelle probed and immediately found the egg chamber. The nest, well above the high tide line, was left in situ.
Thanks to Charlotte for finding a new West side nest and relocating the clutch of over 100 eggs to safe incubation location.
Bob investigated this very blown-over nest site and … surprise, surprise … quickly found the eggs and safely relocated the clutch of 105 in record time. Expert nest protection!
Really tough to see those tracks though … how’d he do that?