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Nest #38

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 19, 2015

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The first set of tracks were beautiful, but maddening … a long crawl into the rock seawall at Summer Place. Momma Turtle probably mistook it for a dune line. She even attempted to bump against the obstruction seeking a good option nearby. Finding none, she next headed inland and found the emergency ramp where she attempted to dig an egg chamber in accumulated sand. She soon hit the boards underneath, abandoned the site and went back to the ocean.

Disappointing is an understatement.

Another beautiful set of tracks was found on the inlet, and these did lead to a nesting site. Again, not the best choice, so Allison and Patti made sure to improve conditions for this clutch by moving the eggs to a less vulnerable location on higher ground.

What a morning for firsts for Allison!

Nest #37

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 19, 2015

And ANOTHER in situ … wow! The turtles are going to put us out of the moving business with these good site choices. Thanks to Bob for finding and confirming Nest 37.

Nest #36

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 18, 2015

2015n36mpA very hot and busy morning left this nest in a “safe place” unfinished. Too bad it was also a windy day and sand shifted more than expected.

Michelle took on the extra challenge of finding the unmarked nest and putting what few field signs were still visible together to complete the puzzle and confirm the eggs.

Lesson learned! Never expect the beach to look like you left it — even for a couple of hours.

Thanks for your expert help, Michelle!

Nest #35

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 18, 2015

Looks like we missed taking photos again, but still wanted to acknowledge the arrival of #35 … another very welcome, easy-peasy in situ nest found and confirmed by Cindy W. It always feels good to be able to leave a nest where the Momma Turtle laid it.

Nest #33 and #34

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 18, 2015

Thanks to Susan Z and Ann for taking care of two nests in the County Park: one in situ and one relocation. It’ll be interesting to see if they hatch on the same date, too.

Helping or Hurting?

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 13, 2015

Folks on Folly have seen quite a few loggerhead sea turtles nesting this season at all hours of the dark. We’re grateful for the calls, even the middle of the night ones, but some folks have gone too far in attempting to help turtles and protect nests.

Please know that whether we receive a call or not, we will be on the scene by dawn if not earlier.

It is not necessary or advisable to place obstructions around a nest.

In two cases, well-meaning folks have decorated nest sites with sand sculptures, drawn circles around body pits and used a lifeguard stand to “protect the nest from surf coming in eventually.”

These actions result in the loss of field signs and complicate the confirmation of a nest. They help nothing. Depending upon when the actions are taken, they could also disturb and disorient the nesting turtle or others emerging in the same area.

What’s the best etiquette when seeing a sea turtle on the beach?

Keep your distance (20 feet away is a good minimum).
Reduce movement and noise.
Do not take flash photographs or use any type of lighting.
Do not obstruct the turtle’s path back to the ocean in any way.
Do not help to protect the nest.
Call Folly’s Public Safety Dispatch to report the nest location: 843-588-2433.

Sea turtles and their nests are protected by local, state and federal laws. Be watchful, enjoy the amazing experience, but please practice restraint. Under normal circumstances, nesting sea turtles do not need our help … just our respect for their use of the beach.

Thanks very much for your cooperation.

Nest #32

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 4, 2015

Another great Westside Team effort enabled Nest 32 to join the Folly fold.
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Many thanks to Juanita, Teri and Donna for the wise assessments, egg finding and relocation, and especially for sharing the sea turtle’s special delivery story with the visitors.
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Nest #31

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 4, 2015

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!

Nest #30

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 4, 2015

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Nest 30 is off to a great start with a relocation from the high tide line to a safer spot near sand-fencing.

Way to go, Betty!

Nest #29

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 4, 2015

img_00791This 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.