A lot of turtle activity on the beach these past couple of days.  A false crawl yesterday, another false crawl early this morning, and then finally we found 2 turtle nests in Corolla this morning!  A false crawl is when a turtle comes onto the beach but decides not to lay her eggs and heads back out to the ocean.

 

Tracks and nesting site of a Loggerhead turtle

The string surrounds the area where the eggs are buried.  The stick shows the middle of the turtle’s track coming in.  The egg chamber will be somewhere along that middle track into the mound of sand.

A data logger is added to the nest chamber to capture hourly temperature readings inside the nest.  It helps us predict when the little hatchlings will emerge.  This mom laid her eggs leaving a nice hole in the middle so we could easily place the data logger without disturbing many of the eggs.

Egg chamber with data logger

Our responding team, led by Valerie, works to set up the posts and secure the nest site.  The team takes lots of measurements.  Some measurements tell us how big the turtle was and how far down she put her nest.  Other measurements are so we can still find the nest if a storm comes along and takes out some of our posts.

Responding team secures the nest site

Now we just wait for the little hatchlings to develop, emerge from the sand, and take that walk back into the ocean to become our next generation of Loggerhead turtles.  Congratulations to new ATV rider Doug for finding his first and second nest all on the same day.

Nest #5 Responding Team

 

 

 

  • nest number: 05
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 06/26/2021
  • actual emergence date: 8/28/2021
  • live hatchlings: 68
  • total eggs: 88

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