It was almost a repeat from yesterday 6/20/2017. Another Loggerhead sea turtle nest in South Nags Head, NC, but there was a twist.

As you look at the picture below, you may say to yourself that young lady looks familiar. She should because Abbie was at the Loggerhead sea turtle nest yesterday (see nest 3 active nest info). If you are from Cincinnati where Abbie and her family are from or for that matter from anywhere she will be able to tell you what species from observing the turtle crawl tracks and which are the incoming and outgoing crawl tracks. Abby is also getting good at determining just where the sea turtle eggs are located in the nest.

Does this young lady look familiar? She should.

Does this young lady look familiar? She should … it is Abbie from Cincinnati, OH

 

After the NEST response team assembled there was discussion as to where the egg chamber was located and soon after the dig began. John found the egg chamber.

Ann and Peg take their turn looking for the egg chamber

Ann and Peg take their turn looking for the egg chamber with assistance from other NEST volunteers

 

In appreciation of all of all the hard work and enthusiasm Abby was made a honorary Jr. NESTer and holds the DNA egg.

Abby with the DNA egg

Abbie is all smiles holding the DNA egg

Here is the twist! It was determined that the nest was laid in an area which is prone to escarpments and the nest was below the high tide line, sooooooooooooooooo the nest had to be relocated. The relocation area was picked out and the dig began to try and replicate the original nest.

Rick reviews the number of egg cartons and with information from the original nest digs a new nest egg chamber.

Rich reviews the number of egg cartons and with information from the original nest is off to dig a new nest egg chamber

After the new nest is made, measurements are made to make certain the new nest is as close in measurement as the old nest and the eggs are removed from the egg cartons and carefully placed in the new nest.

NC Wildlife Resouces Commission Marissa with the help of Ellen place the eggs in the new nest

NC Wildlife Resouces Commission Marissa (left) with the help of Ellen place the eggs in the new nest

 

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The wet, but smiling response/relocation team holding up four fingers representing sea turtle nest #4

 

 

  • nest number: 04
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 06/21/2017
  • begin monitoring: 08/14/2017
  • actual emergence date: 08/18/2017
  • live hatchlings: 87
  • total eggs: 114

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