Mama turtles have been showing off for NESTers and tourists. One big loggerhead came up on the beach at Southern Shores in the middle of the night to lay her eggs and NESTer Susan S was among the lucky folks who were able to watch her in action and get these photos.
This nest had a nice big mound and the next morning everyone met on the beach at 6 am to find the eggs and rope off the nest. First time NESTers Elaine and Dan came down from CAROVA yes CAROVA on 4th of July to help with this nest. The nest and track were so perfect ….this one should be easy. Well after almost two hours of digging where are those eggs????
Eventually we found the eggs on the extreme edge of the mound covered by only a quarter of an inch of sand. Who identified the right spot?? Our remote fearless leader – Marrisa – from a photo!!! Please don’t tell anyone!!!
- nest number: 09
- town: Southern Shores
- date eggs laid: 07/04/2018
- begin monitoring: 08/27/2018
- actual emergence date: 8/24/18
- live hatchlings: 117
- total eggs: 134
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