Well this is the second nest in a row for ATV driver Lynn P alias “Lucky Lynn” from Nest 7!! Wow I think we need to be ready for a trifecta next Saturday!! She had just a little help from a beach goer who called the hotline last night along with Jerry’s rapid response. We all know Jerry as part of the wonderful dynamic duo …Charlotte/Jerry…. who man our hotline. Once they got the details, Jerry marked the nest at 1 am to make sure nothing was disturbed until the response team could get there at 6 am. Guess Jerry had a good reason for having coffee in hand!!!
John led us through our paces and the nest was found and put to rest in under 45 minutes!!!
As part of our new science program Bluetooth data loggers are placed in each nest. The temperature data we collect will be used to help volunteers estimate hatching times and also the sex of the hatchlings. Many reptile embryos including sea turtles experience temperature dependent sex determination. Average temperatures of 84.6 F (pivotal temperature) will produce 50-50 males and females. Just a few degrees hotter will produce all females and colder all males. See http://nestonline.org/nests-hatchlings/nest-science-nest-temperatures/ for more information.
- nest number: 11
- town: Kill Devil Hills
- date eggs laid: 07/07/2018
- begin monitoring: 08/30/2018
- actual emergence date: 08/30/2018
- live hatchlings: 113
- total eggs: 125
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