A record day with 4 nests found this morning and this was the first one of the day.  It was also a record day for ATV driver Bill who not only found 2 nests in Corolla today, but this was his 3rd nest of the season.

A great view of the turtle tracks and nesting site

This turtle was hard to figure out at first glance as she apparently took such a sharp turn after covering up her eggs that she literally crawled out over her nest site.

The egg chamber was located under the highest mound of sand and on the first attempt.  Data Logger was inserted and one egg was chosen to provide DNA from the mother turtle by using her egg shell.

Egg shell of turtle is being collected to determine DNA profile of the mother turtle

 

Egg shell secured in a vial to send for processing of the DNA

 

Our beloved Citizen Scientist and Conservation Specialist Marissa shows off the completed nesting site.  This new nest is secured and starting the development process into little hatchlings.

  • nest number: 11
  • town: Corolla
  • date eggs laid: 06/29/2020
  • actual emergence date: 8/24/2020
  • live hatchlings: 96
  • total eggs: 103

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