Up until yesterday there were zero yes zero nests in Kitty Hawk or in Kill Devil Hills. Mother turtles seemed to purposely skirt these towns when traveling from Nags Head to Corolla. Rumors abounded as to why. The most popular was that the great white sharks tracked off the OBX by OCEARCH were the culprits.(note that great whites are often found off shore of OBX but now that some are fitted with well publicized tracking devices we know they are there!) But ATV driver, Lucky Lynn P, helped break the curse and found the second nest in Kitty Hawk this morning.
Ace nesting responders Cathy and Kyle D were at the nest site by 6:15 am and found the eggs right away. Locating the egg chamber is not always such an easy task.
Once the team took measurements, installed the datalogger, and collected DNA, they roped off the nest. The nest will be checked on each day until the hatchlings emerge.
Nesters Bob and Lynn took some cool photos at Nest 19 from near the time of emergence to excavation. In some instances an infrared camera was used to prevent hatchlings from getting distracted by lighting.
All in all a very successful nest under the tutelage of nest parent Jan M. Thank you Team 19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- nest number: 19
- town: Kitty Hawk
- date eggs laid: 07/16/2020
- actual emergence date: 9/3/2020
- live hatchlings: 123
- total eggs: 135
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