Mike was not far into his ATV run at 5:58 am when he came across turtle tracks AND Momma Turtle still laying her eggs!  She did a bit of a loopy loop at the top of the dune then made a 90 degree turn and found the perfect spot.  We tried to mark the egg chamber with a string but feared Momma had moved it. But Shelley and Louise made a great response team and Shelley found the egg chamber on her second try.  We got to see her return to the ocean at 7:26 am.

Momma Turtles loopy tracks to find the perfect location for her nest – you can see her off to the right laying her eggs.


Close up of Mom laying her eggs into the nest.


ATV driver Mike watching over the Loggerhead Turtle as she finishes up nesting


Now our turtle mom works her way back to the refreshing ocean where it is much easier for her to maneuver around than on the beach

  • nest number: 5
  • town: Duck
  • date eggs laid: 06/13/2020
  • actual emergence date: 8/10/2020
  • live hatchlings: 64
  • total eggs: 102

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