So what happened to the outgoing track?

As new ATV driver Bob S was cruising in South Nags Head this morning he found this. After a quick glance you have to ask what happened to the outgoing track?  Upon closer inspection you can see that this mother green sea turtle came on and left the beach using a nearly identical route! Maybe she was trying to trick Bob on his first nest. Congratulations Bob!!

We can identify these as green turtle tracks because they are directly opposite from each other in contrast to loggerheads where tracks are on a diagonal. On her way off the beach this turtle crawled right over the mound of her nest shoving much of the sand into the body pit. She left few clues for the responding team to locate the eggs.

Team leader, Lynn P, laying in the body pit of this big green sea turtle after the nest was relocated. Eggs were found in area under her shorts. The average weight of a green sea turtle is 300 lbs.

Busy members of Team 17 hunting for eggs.

Hooray! Eggs found! Green sea turtle eggs are a bit larger than those of loggerheads

Because the nest was found below the average high tide line, it was relocated to higher and dryer ground.

Hard working Team 17!!!!

  • nest number: 17
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/22/2021
  • actual emergence date: none - excavated 10/3/2021
  • total eggs: 78

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