It was a clear and calm morning as ATV rider Ray scoured the beach hoping to find his first turtle nest.  He was down to his last 2 neighborhoods when he came across a beautiful set of Loggerhead tracks and a textbook nesting site.

Loggerhead tracks and nesting site

The response team of Kevin and Courtney arrived and immediately found eggs on their first attempt.  Below is a picture of the eggs being placed back into the nest after inserting a temperature data logger.  This device will capture nest temperatures hourly as the nest incubates over the next couple of months.  The eggs are put back into the nest exactly as they were removed.  The temperature data collected will be used to aid in formulating approximate hatch times and viability of the nest.

Eggs placed back in the nest surrounding the data logger

This nest site was made up of very soft sand which made it easy for the turtle mom to dig her nest and neatly cover it up.

Soft sand made for great visibility of the turtle’s tracks

 

“Charlotte’s” ATV and response team for nest #10

Congratulations Ray on finding your first turtle tracks, and thanks to Kevin and Courtney for collecting data and securing the site.   We know Charlotte was watching over these precious turtle eggs as you can see truck tire marks came within 10 feet of the nest site in the first picture.

 

  • nest number: 10
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 06/28/2020
  • actual emergence date: 8/29/2020
  • live hatchlings: 74
  • total eggs: 86

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