False crawls #11 and #12 raised hopes that last year’s record of 18 nests would be broken, but the turtles decided…not yet! At FC #11 in Ocean Sands, the turtle managed to dodge several canopy frames, crawling directly through one in her journey back to the ocean.
The incoming and outgoing tracks dodged a couple of canopy skeletons. No disturbed area at the end of the crawl indicated no nest was laid.
False Crawl # 12
If it wasn’t enough for Joel to find one crawl, he went and found two. Unfortunately, he was pretty sure that this second crawl was another without a nest site. There was, however, a slight amount of thrown sand covering a portion of her incoming tracks so Nest Response team members explored the site to make sure that there were no eggs. Aside from a labyrinth of ghost crab tunnels, they confirmed it to be a false crawl.