Late at night a Loggerhead mom crawls onto the beach to lay her eggs.  Someone has spotted her and calls the NEST hot line (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles).  Below is a picture of this beautiful mom as she came ashore.

Loggerhead mom

The next morning our wonderful response team went into action.  They quickly found the nest of eggs.

Nest of eggs is found

Unfortunately, this nest was laid on a very narrow area of beach and would be susceptible to overwash.  Overwash is when the ocean tides come up and “wash over” the nest.  Some overwash is fine, but developing eggs cannot survive if they are covered with water for extended periods of time.  Therefore, this nest was relocated a couple miles away to the wildlife refuge reserve where they will have a better chance of survival.

The responding team will remove the eggs, and measure all aspects of the turtle’s nest.  Next they will recreate a nest with the same dimensions in a new location.  Below is a picture of the team measuring from the top of the sand to the top of the first egg found, one of the critical measurements needed.

Measuring the depth of the eggs in the original nest

The eggs will be put into the new nest in roughly the same order as they were laid.  Volunteers are careful not to change the position of the egg as they move it between nests.  The embryo inside an egg will attach itself to the top of the shell, so we always keep the egg in the same position as we found it.  It takes a lot of teamwork to relocate a nest.

Relocating the eggs

Thank you to our Response Team Leader Lisa and her amazing group of volunteers for giving this nest a fighting chance at survival.

Responding Team and new nest site

  • nest number: 08
  • town: Carova
  • date eggs laid: 06/29/2021
  • actual emergence date: 8/28/2021
  • live hatchlings: 75
  • total eggs: 96

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