Thursday, August 1

Morning Patrol:

Foxes discovered nest #99 today.  Shells were strewn on the beach; we believe there were about 20 shells.  3 eggs that were in the nest were spilt with embryo still inside but plenty of white unaffected eggs still in the nest.  We marked it as nest 99 and covered it with the wire cover.  It is located between Sellers and Mercer just west of #47.

Fox tracks around 47, 85 and 18 but just tracks.

Nest #37 was underwater for the second night. 

Nest #59 got a slight overwash.

Nests 51 and 73 had crab holes.

Nest #21 had lots of hatchling tracks.

Nest #17 and #28 each had a few more hatchling btracks

Last night:

Teams 7 and 10 made gallant efforts to keep the water off their nests but you cannot stop the ocean…no matter how hard you try.

Because of the water coming over nests #24 which had already hatched team #10 tried to excavate and released 4 hatchlings. It was inventoried this morning with 115 shells, 10 unhatched, 3 pipped and 41 dead hatchlings.

Nest #25 was at 53 days and by NCWRC direction we dug as best we could to see if hatchlings had started emergence.  35 live hatchlings were allowed to wake up on the beach and make their way into the water.  It was inventoried this morning with 62 shells, 49 unhatched and 25 dead hatchlings.

Nest #28 hatched around 9:42, more a little later totaling 88.  More tracks in the runway this morning. 

Tonight will be the highest tide yet. Nests 22, 99, 50, 84, 94 and 62 are all in danger of being overwashed. Let us know what you see.

Inventories:

Nest #19- 110 shells, 11 unhatched and 1 live hatchling

Wednesday, July 31

Morning Patrol:

  • No new nest, no false crawls
  • Nest #24, 23, 28 and 19 had crab holes

Last night:

  • Nest #24 had 6 more hatchlings at 9:15
  • Nest #15 hatched around 11:45 with 77 hatchlings (58 days)
  • Nest # 17 boiled @10:40 with 127 hatchlings  (59 days)
  • Nest #37 was underwater during the high tide.
  • Nest #59 was overwashed.
  • Be on the lookout tonight and let us know what you see.  The tides are increasing through tomorrow 

Inventories:

  • Nest #13- 93 shells, 11 unhatched, 2 pipped, 1 dead and 5 live hatchlings
  • Nest #20- 122 shells, 4 unhatched, 15 pipped, 4 dead and 34 live hatchlings

Tuesday, June 30

Morning Patrol:

  • No new nest, no false crawls and no fox disturbance, tracks but no invasion.
  • Nest #19 had 1 more hatchling
  • Nest #23 hatched with lots of tracks
  • Nest #24 had more hatchlings during the night

Last night:

  • Nest #24 boiled @9:10 with 51 hatchlings
  • Nest #33 had a dimple and crack @ only 45 days.  Betty and some visitors helped team 6 gather and put down green 

Inventories:

  • After speaking with Matthew, we decided it best to go ahead and excavate the 2 nest that had hatchlings before another night.
  • Nest #7- 17 shells, 96 unhatched, 7 live hatchlings
  • Nest #16- 102 shells, 16 unhatched, 6 live hatchlings

Monday, July 29

Morning Patrol:

  • Green delivered to nests 29 and 30.  We had a wild nest in front of the public parking area with lots and lots of hatchling tracks but did not locate the nest.
  • Fox invasion in most nests between Oak Island pier and villas.  Nest 18 had footprints.  Nest 63 and 47 were dug into slightly but didn’t look like disturbance. Nest 37 had 6 egg shells on the surface and nests 7 and 16 had hatchling prints in the green.  1 hatchling almost to the water at nest 16.
  • Tide came into the green at nest 22 but did not reach the nest
  • Nest 19 had lots of tracks
  • Nest 13 had a crab hole
  • Nest 20 had more tracks
  • Nest 23 had a crevice

Last night:

  • Nest #19 had a hole cave in @ 8:30 and @10:30 116 hatchlings made their way to the sea
  • Inventories:
  • Nest #10- 121 shells, 54 unhatched, 9 barely pipped and 10 live hatchlings
  • Nest #11- 99 shells, 5 unhatched, 6 pipped, 6 live hatchlings and 4 dead

Saturday, July 27

Morning patrol:

No new nests or crawls

Nest 10 and 19 had a couple of hatchlings emerge during the night. 

Green has been delivered up to nest 26.  Several have crevices or cracks so please check your nests and if you need help just let someone know. We probably need to start greening on day 50 now.

Last night:

2 hatchlings emerged from nest #10 about 8:00

Inventory nest #9: 94 shells, 11 unhatched and 4 live

Inventory nest #12: 98 shells, 13 unhatched, 8 pipped , 2 dead and 22 live

Friday, July 26

One false crawl this morning. It is highly likely that it was a green turtle.  She dug 2 different body pits with holes but no eggs were found. Looks like she did a lot of work to not lay but it is typical behavior for a green. We marked it as a nesting site. 
Nest #10 had 1 hatchling track, #12 and #14 had several tracks. nest #20 has an indentation. 

Inventory results:

Nest #8:  112 shells, 29 unhatched and 1 live. Team 7 wanted to be sure to thank all the volunteers from the other teams that jumped in to lend a hand. Teamwork!

Thursday, July 25

No new crawls or nests.

More hatchlings overnight at nests #9, #10, #11 and #14.

Nest #11 had 1 dead hatchling in the runway and a jogger reported watching 2 more get to the water.

Green was delivered to nests up to #21

Last night:

Nest #14 had a full boil around 10:22 with 97 hatchlings

Inventory results:

Nest #5: 145 shells, 4 unhatched, 3 pipped, 5 dead and 1 live

Nest #6: 82 shells, 10 unhatched

Wednesday, July 24

Nothing new this morning but WOW what a night!

Last night:

Nest #9: 75 hatchlings around 10:00, 1 more at 11:58 and several more during the night.  57 days

Nest #10:  37 hatchlings decided to emerge @7:30, 17 more a few at a time during the evening. More during the night.  55 days

Nest #11: 34 emerged @ 9:18.  55 days

Nest #12: 52 @12:02, lots more during the night. 54 days

Nest #14: hatched during the night with lots of tracks.  3 in the runway this morning- 2 made it to the water, 1 being carried by ghost crab and didn’t survive.  53 days

Monday, July 22

Nest #96 is west of the lighthouse with 119 eggs moved back away from the tide line.36” crawl

2 false crawls. 31” crawl and a 36” crawl both near Tom Hess

Last night activity:
Nest #5 hatched around 10:45 with 92 hatchlings (60 days)
Nest #6 boiled around 11:00 with 82 hatchlings (58 days)

Inventories:
Nest #2: 79 shells, 29 unhatched, 1 pipped (barely), 7 live hatchlings
Nest #4: 107 shells, 8 unhatched