Some wonderful visitors to the OBX noticed a Loggerhead sea turtle mom emerging onto the beach of Carova around 11:30 pm. She proceeded up the beach until she found the perfect spot to lay her eggs. Below is a picture of our turtle mom digging her nest chamber.
Not only did our OBX visitors expertly mark off the nest site using items found on the beach, but they stayed with the mother turtle the whole time she laid her nest and then meandered back to the ocean making sure vehicles were out of her path. The next morning our ATV driver had it easy with the nest site so nicely staked out and a pair of tracks leading to and from the ocean.
Our responding team of Nancy and Tony drove up to Carova bright and early to start collecting data, finding the eggs and securing the nest site. Having the family who watched her lay the eggs on hand made it very helpful in finding the exact location of the nest chamber.
Finally mom’s work is done and she heads back to the ocean for some much needed rest, relaxation and a bath from all that sand she collected on her journey. Below is another picture of the star of the show.
- nest number: 15
- town: Carova
- date eggs laid: 07/05/2020
- actual emergence date: 9/4/2020
- live hatchlings: 49
- total eggs: 108
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