2 false crawls and 2 nests this morning.
Nest #20 was laid out on the point and relocated just west of the Baptist walkover. Crabs had gotten into the nest and broke 3 of the 144 eggs. Her crawl was 34”.
Nest #21 is east of the 629 walkway and her crawl was 32”.
The false crawls were 34” and 27” with one on the point and the other near the golf course.
Nest #19 had a 35” crawl and is located west of the 600 walkway.
Just received an email from Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. There is going to be a release tomorrow morning. 21 turtles will be released including our very own Dutchman!
Nest #18 is just west of McGlamery St. She had a 37” crawl.
A false 38” crawl at the east end today.
Our 185 egg clutch was big but the largest clutch in NC was 206 eggs from a nest laid in 2015 at Cape Hatteras. Still the largest for us at Caswell Beach.
Nest #17 and a false crawl this morning.
The false crawl was on the eastern point and nest #17 is located near the 200 walkway and had a 44” crawl. We’ve had some big ones this year.
Just so you know, I decided to look at our historical data and this is the most nest we’ve had on this day since we’ve been keeping track (1990). It could just be an early season but you never know. When we start sitting, we are going to be busy.
3 more nests today and the turtles really like the 400 block.
Nest #14 came in first and put hert nest high on the dune while it was still raining but the rain stopped before she left.
Nest #15 followed beside the first tracks but didn’t go up the dune. Put her nest in the tracks of the first turtle and safe enough.
Nest #16 is in front of the the villas between the first 2 buildings.
All nests are insitu.
Two more nests today.
Nest #12 was laid on the point and relocated 121 eggs to west of the Baptist walkway.38” crawl. Nest #12 is possibly a green. The tracks are different and only time will tell.
Nest #13 is at the 100 walkway. 40” crawl, 106 eggs moves above the tide line at the 100 walkway. Morning patrol was lucky enough to get to nest #13 just as the mother turtle was leaving her nest to go back into the ocean. A visitor had watched her lay the nest.
A 37” false crawl just east of the lighthouse.
Two nests today.
Nest #10 was laid on the east point and we relocated 185 eggs to east of the lighthouse. It had a 43” crawl. I’ve asked for the recorded largest clutch…this might be it.
Nest #11 was a 34” crawl east of the 400 walkway. We moved 114 eggs higher in the dune.
Nest #9 today was relocated from the east tip to west of the lifeguard stand. She had a 34” crawl and planted 105 eggs.
Nest number 8 was relocated from the east end escarpment. 34” crawl with 141 placed east of the lifeguard stand.
We had a false crawl on the eastern tip near the tower.
It was a “twofer” day!
Nest #6 was relocated from the escarpment on the east point to west of the Baptist walkover. 92 eggs and and 35” crawl
Nest #7 is between the villas and McGlamery. She had a 38”crawl and the eggs were barely covered.