Counter to all logic, I am beginning to think sea turtles like fireworks. More than once our ATV riders have found nests early in the morning of July 5th. Seasoned ATV rider Ricky B found Nest 11 soon after he started his route.

ATV rider Ricky B at Nest 11

This mother turtle was big.  Her crawl was a whopping 104 cm across (typical for loggerheads is 65-100 cm) and her nest mound was 7 feet long!

This big mother was intent on really covering her eggs and made an unusually large nest mound to prove it. The size of the nest was more typical of one laid by a green sea turtle.

The crawl of this mother was exceptionally artistic.

NESTers evaluate the site and hunt for eggs.

The unusually large size of the nest made it tough on lead nesting responders Lynn P and Anna B. The typical landmarks we use to locate eggs were a bit distorted. But after just a few attempts Nest team 11 found the eggs in a spot mother turtle barely covered!

The top of the nest is exposed so the temperature dataloggers can be installed.

Our illustrious President John Cece and ATV rider Ricky B shoot the breeze while Team 11 is hard at work

Ace Team 11: Colleen P, Melanie K, Anna B, Lynn P and Karen J.

  • nest number: 11
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/05/2021
  • actual emergence date: 8/28/2021
  • live hatchlings: 93
  • total eggs: 102

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