A beautiful sunrise shines on the tracks of a new turtle nest in Corolla

This was a very sneaky turtle mom.  She came up on the beach and left very little body pit and virtually no thrown sand.  It originally appeared to be a false crawl, but after a little digging and persistance by the Corolla responding team, a nest of eggs was discovered!

Original tracks and nesting site

Congratulations to ATV Rider Whitney for finding her very first nest.

Original nest of eggs found

Not only was this a well concealed nest, but one of our largest nests with 149 eggs.

Newly created nest site

The original nest had to be relocated since it was near the high tide line and in danger of being washed out.

Nest #23 Responding Team


Nest #17 next to newly laid Nest #23

Could this be the same turtle mom or just a popular place to nest in Corolla?  The nests were laid approximately 3 1/2 weeks apart.  Nest #17 and Nest #23 were laid less than 65 feet apart from each other.  Both nests were close to the high tide line and had to be relocated back towards the dune.    We can’t wait to find out the DNA results about the turtle mom(s) for these 2 nests.



  • nest number: 23
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 07/25/2019
  • begin monitoring: 09/18/2019
  • actual emergence date: NA
  • live hatchlings: possibly 2 ? nest subject to predation and damage from Dorian
  • total eggs: 149

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