The unusual twists and turns of nest 17 began as mama turtle decide to lay her nest on the side of the dune.

It was hard for this crack team to know where to begin when it came to looking for eggs.  They spent plenty of time digging virtually everywhere and they dug deep.

Some were concerned that Billy would fall head first into the pit. With nerves of steel Frances kept an eye on him.

Once the eggs were found it was clear that they were abnormal. John collects DNA sample.

The photo above is the total sum of eggs in this nest.  The cause of the abnormality is unknown.

Back at the lab.

Fortunately we have had many healthy nests this year.  Once the DNA is evaluated we will find out if this turtle has laid eggs before and if so if any other clutches were abnormal.


  • nest number: 17
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/16/2018
  • actual emergence date: Will not hatch
  • total eggs: unknown

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