KC had to put her glasses on this morning for the photo ATV rider Bill sent. It was definitely a crawl, but was it a nest? By the time the nesting response team arrived, the question still existed. Clearly the mom was caught in one of last night’s rain storms as the incoming tracks were muted by rain drops but the outgoing tracks were fresh looking (clue #1, mom was on the beach for a while… ‘maybe this is an actual nest’ thought the team).
Normally a turtle crawls up the beach, lays eggs, and then starts to turn as she exits the nest site leaving a covered nest site with a pile of sand followed by a body pit from which the sand came to cover the nest. In this turtle’s case, she came, in, turned, and maybe there was a pile of sand but where was the tell-tale body pit?? “Hmmm…. maybe not a nest?” thought the team.
But it did look there might have been a pile of sand made that was again muted by the rain so the team re-traced the mom’s path in and out of the potential nest site and took their best bet as to where eggs may be. First time digger Lyn cautiously dug with Ray assisting and with beginner’s luck, the eggs were almost immediately uncovered. Sometimes it’s the hard ones that are easy to find and the easy ones that take forever.
The team finished up marking the site and smiled for a final photo.
- nest number: 05
- town: Corolla
- date eggs laid: 06/25/2018
- begin monitoring: 08/18/2018
- actual emergence date: 8/28/18
- live hatchlings: 100
- total eggs: 101
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