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Originally this was considered a potential nest.  This is when a turtle crawls on the beach but we are unable to locate her nest of eggs.  Not surprising as this was a green turtle.  Green turtles are known for burying their eggs deep into the sand.  Then they throw lots of sand to hide their nest.  A green turtle’s nest site is usually large and messy with thrown sand everywhere.  One morning our ATV rider was patrolling the beach searching for any new turtle tracks and nests that were laid overnight.  She noticed a large depression in the potential nest’s site and a bunch of little hatchling tracks leading to the ocean.  Our potential nest was real.

Hatchling tracks after emerging from the nest

When a lot of hatchlings emerge from a nest it is known as a boil.  This is because the sand looks like it is boiling when all the little hatchlings come climbing out of the sand at once.  These little hatchlings came out late at night.  They managed to maneuver past any cars traveling by and headed into the ocean.  They will swim for 24 to 48 hours to reach the Gulf Stream where they float among the seaweed and grow into adult turtles.  Hopefully one day these little hatchlings will crawl onto our beach and lay their nests with us.



  • nest number: 45
  • town: Swan
  • date eggs laid: 06/27/2022
  • actual emergence date: 08/28/2022
  • live hatchlings: 127
  • total eggs: 133

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