A classic loggerhead sea turtle nest

Nest 7 was called in by a helpful beachgoer at 12:30 am and confirmed by ATV rider Mike K. Momma turtle piled a lot of sand to cover her eggs and finish off her nest. Our Science Advisor Karen Clark expertly identified the location of the nest by following the crawl track up to the mound of sand and easily identified the area to begin digging for eggs. The first egg was quickly found by new volunteer Kevin P.!  Congratulations Kevin!!

The eggs of beautiful Nest 7

A spacer egg (a yolkless egg found in some nests) was on top and provided the shell for our DNA sample. Note: NEST is involved in a multiple year DNA study along the eastern seaboard to track migration patterns and nesting behavior of sea turtles.  Several new volunteers made the response a huge success!

The hard working Nest 7 team!

  • nest number: 7
  • town: Duck
  • date eggs laid: 06/08/2019
  • begin monitoring: 08/02/2019
  • actual emergence date: 7/30/19
  • live hatchlings: 75
  • total eggs: 86

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