Is it a false crawl or is it a nest?  It was hard to tell at first glance.  The tracks coming in and going out were very close together and even criss crossed making it difficult to decipher.  But on close inspection, the tracks coming in are much wider than the tracks going out.  This suggests the turtle was heavier with eggs and had wider tracks coming ashore.  Once she laid her nest, her tracks got narrower.  She was lighter on her flippers after dropping off a full nest of eggs.

Wider incoming tracks indicating Loggerhead mom was heavier with eggs when she came ashore

This sea turtle mom might have known a storm was coming and made sure to put her nest right up into the dune.

Loggerhead sea turtle nest site in the dune

Our NEST responder Kevin found the egg chamber on his first try!  And with help from ATV driver Bill, the two of them collected the data and set up the nest site in no time.  These Loggerhead eggs are protected in the dune.  We can’t wait to meet the little sea turtle hatchlings in a couple of months.

 

  • nest number: 30
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 08/03/2020

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