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.
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!
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!
- 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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