A Loggerhead sea turtle nest was found by Billy this a.m. This nest was laid in the beach area of Kill Devil Hills which is currently experiencing beach nourishment so the nest had to be relocated out of harm’s way.
Job one was finding the egg chamber and after marking off the area the dig began
The nest eggs were carefully removed from the nest and placed in the relocation kit (egg cartons and a cooler) for relocation.
Julien, P.E., Coastal Engineer from CB&I conducting the beach nourishment operations on the Outer Banks and Ricky, veteran NEST response team member were present to review the nest relocation operation.
The sea turtle eggs were moved to the relocation site and a new nest was made replicating the original nest. The eggs were placed in the new nest and the team finished enclosing the area.
Once again it was a beautiful evening for a sea turtle excavation as NEST volunteers and beach goers crowded the nesting site in anticipation. Once Karen Clark with NCWRC arrived it was time to start digging and finally the hatching success of the nest was now known! During the excavation one live hatchling was found and was safely placed in a dark and cool spot until it could be released when it was night time. A total of 117 eggs were found in the nest and it was determined that out of that total 98 live hatchlings made their way to the ocean, hooray!! Some of the eggs were opened to check the stage of development and a teeny tiny hatchling at “stage 2” development was found and was able to be observed by volunteers. Even though the hatchling did not make it, this is still a great opportunity for biologist and NEST volunteers to learn! Overall this nest had great hatching success and a BIG THANK YOU to the NEST Parent and nest sitting volunteers!
- nest number: 08
- town: Kill Devil Hills
- date eggs laid: 07/06/2017
- begin monitoring: 08/29/2017
- actual emergence date: 8/26/2017
- live hatchlings: 98
- total eggs: 117
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