A busy day on the beach this morning as our ATV driver found another Loggerhead sea turtle nest.

Loggerhead sea turtle tracks and nesting site

 

An interesting fact about this nest is after she laid her eggs, this sea turtle mom inched forward throwing sand over her nesting site to hide the egg chamber.  This left a fairly long area of thrown sand for our responding team to explore for the egg chamber.  But luckily our responding team of Louise, Tony and Pam are very experienced and they quickly found the eggs.

Long area of thrown sand hiding the nest site of eggs.

 

The team continued their work of measuring incoming and outgoing tracks, adding a data logger into the nest site to track average daily temperatures within the nest and setting up a protective nest perimeter.  The eggs will spend the next couple of months developing into little hatchlings.  Once they are ready to emerge from their eggs under the sand, these hatchlings will amazingly break out of their shells virtually in unison.  They will then work as a team to dig their way to the surface and head off to the ocean.

 

Nest responding team of Louise and Pam. Our third responding team member Tony took the picture.

 

 

 

  • nest number: 32
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 08/09/2020
  • actual emergence date: Found during excavation of nest on 11/1/2020
  • live hatchlings: 6
  • total eggs: 43

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