2010 - Nest #20

Susie had gone about a block into her usual early morning sea turtle patrol when she encountered not just tracks, but the turtle who made them.

It was around 6 a.m. sunrise and Momma Turtle was still on her nest at 815 East Arctic.

It was Susie’s first encounter with an adult sea turtle — not many people get that — and for a few excited minutes couldn’t remember how to call Shannon to report what she had found! Once contacted, Shannon called other Crew members and by 6:30, volunteers and folks just walking by were joining Susie for this very special sighting.

Among them were visitors Simeon Carson and his niece Lisa Arndt from Indiana who have very generously shared their beautiful photos (below) from that morning.

Shannon & Susie checking turtle for flipper tags & general condition.  Photo by Simeon Carson.

Shannon & Susie checking turtle for flipper tags & general condition. Photo by Simeon Carson.

Photo by Simeon Carson

Photo by Simeon Carson

Photo by Lisa Arndt.

Photo by Lisa Arndt.

Photo by Lisa Arndt.

Photo by Lisa Arndt.

Total would be 135 eggs.  Photo by Lisa Arndt.

134 eggs to relocate (original site at high tide line). Photos by Lisa Arndt.

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New nest site well-above tide line. Photo by Lisa Arndt.

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Original & new nest sites. Momma Turtle left great treasure & happy crowd. Photo by Lisa Arndt.

In addition to everything else she was doing that morning, Shannon was somehow able to capture the following photos.

Photos by Shannon.

Photo by Shannon.

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And volunteer Cindy Blanton was able to capture a wonderful moment when she arrived in time to see Momma Turtle finish covering her nest.

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Photo by Cindy Blanton.

Many thanks to all of you wonderful folks for sharing your great photos of Nest #20 and its amazing creator.