Marlene and Linda took care in moving Nest 31’s 95 eggs from a tide-vulnerable site in County Park to a much safer location. Hard work, well-done! Thank you!
This unusual collection of misshaped eggs were among the 130 laid just above the tide line around 11 p.m. They were found during relocation the next morning by FBTW volunteers Charlotte and Ann who carefully documented the “odd” eggs.
Several people had seen the turtle on the beach and waited respectfully while she nested and began her long crawl back to the ocean. Bright lights on the end of the Pier began to cause her to crawl parallel with the ocean, but she was able to correct her course with the help of a flashlight shining on the waves.
The misshapen eggs included some “doubles,” some empty shells and some with small pin-holes of yolk visible. This anomaly has been seen on another beach as well. Is it the same turtle? We’re hoping the DNA results will show a relationship or give other clues about this Momma Turtle.
Way behind in posting photos of Folly nests, but wanted to let our faithful followers know that a record-breaking 6 new nests were found on Folly in one very busy morning.
Will catch-up on photos soon. Thanks for staying tuned and supporting the turtles who call Folly Beach home.
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.
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.
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.