Nest #40, Saturday July 1

Can you believe its July already!

Nest #40 is located east of the 200 walkway/west of the Baptist steps and had a 41” crawl.

2 false crawls – 39” east of the lifeguard stand and 35” near Tom Hess walkway.

Green was delivered to Nest #1 this morning. The plan is to put the green out at 6:30 this evening. For the newbies, it only takes about 15 minutes to accomplish the task. Our standard is to put the green out on the 52nd day and to start sitting the nest on the 56th day. We encourage any and all first years to come join us to put the green on nest #1, BUT IN CASE OF RAIN…we will try again tomorrow. We feel safe in waiting a day because the nest was laid in cooler temperatures and will probably take a little longer to incubate. Nest #1 is located east of the public parking but is a little walk.

Thursday, June 29

3 false crawls this morning. 31″, 32″ and 39″. One of the crawls is going to be marked as a nesting site. She went by the cabana, dug around, went up the dune and spun around, then back across where she possibly nested. Anyway, it’s 20 ft from yesterdays nest #36 so it will be easy to monitor.

Nests #32 & 33, Friday June 23

2 more nests today.

The real nest #32 had a 35 inch crawl. She laid 134 eggs on top of the escarpment and it looked for the world like she fell off coming down. We chose to relocate because it was so close to the edge.

Nest #33, 37” crawl, was laid in a footpath just west of the lighthouse so we relocated 109 eggs.

Nests #28-30, Monday June 19

3 nests today.

  • Nest #28, 34” crawl just west of the lighthouse.
  • Nest #29, 44” crawl east of 601 walkway
  • Nest #30, 34” crawl east of the golf course steps.

We got soaked and had to hunt, I mean hunt for the eggs today. Wanda got to see the turtle nesting at the golf course steps so there was no doubt that it was a nest. I finally had to call her to ask her if she was SURE she saw what she thought she saw. Of course she came out and eventually did find the eggs but ….good grief turtles.

Look for pictures on facebook. See you at the meeting tonight.

Nests #26 & 27, Sunday June 18

What a whirlwind day!  2 Nests and 3 false crawls, 1 stranded turtle to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital

False crawls were 36″ @ the east end point, 33″ @ the east end just west of the point and a really odd 23″ @ the golf course steps.

Nest #26, 34″ crawl, in front of Ocean Greens.  We moved 101 eggs above the high tide.

Nest #27, 35″ crawl, dug a hole then crawled up toward the dune dug another hole to lay the eggs.

About 10:00, Sarah called with a stranded turtle.  A fisherman spotted her and realized she was in distress.  He tried to scoop her up but she swam off but was only gone for a minute.  He was able to scoop her up and met us at the boat ramp.  We were able to get her to the hospital quickly and they started to work on her right away.  She has an apparent boat strike and had it for some time as she was really weak and covered in barnacles and stuff.  She’s in good hands and time will tell.