The high tides should be behind us for now. Nothing new out there.
The highest tides are during the daytime and have over washed most of the nests but not all. Some of our tools and green were moved back by visitors yesterday when it came in so high. A trench has been formed in front of the nests in some areas.
We did get a call yesterday afternoon about shells in the dune. An animal had exposed them. We excavated a wild nest, nest 67 and counted 78 shells and 5 unhatched eggs but shells were blowing in the wind.
Our poor turtles can’t catch a break this year. The water has reached most of the nests. Nests 44, 47, 51, 52, 56, 60, 61 and 64 all had water over or really close.
All quiet. No activity
Nothing new today but the tide sure is high!
Nothing new today.
Because of the king tides and prediction of heavy rain, we excavated everything that had hatchling evidence.
Nest 26 @ 80 days: 102 unhatched eggs, 2 shells and 4 pipped eggs
Nest 30 @ 80 days: 8 unhatched eggs and 1 pipped. (76 eggs destroyed by fox 8/4)
Nest 48: 134 unhatched eggs. There were tracks around the nest yesterday morning so there may be a wild nest close by. The eggs were undeveloped.
Nest 54: 42 unhatched eggs, 27 shells and 6 dead hatchlings. ( 18 eggs destroyed by fox or crabs prior to excavation)
Nest 55: 6 unhatched, 85 shells, 4 pipped, 1 dead and 1 live hatchling. 🙂
Nest 57: 19 unhatched, 96 shells and 2 pipped eggs. Quite the surprise!
Nest 59: 33 unhatched, 72 shells, 4 pipped, 1 dead and 1 live hatchling
Green was picked up and moved to everything except nest 65. We did not pick up buckets or tools. If your stuff is out there and you want to maintain it, try to get it sometime today or tomorrow. Sometimes we don’t recognize “special” buckets and tools.
12 Remaining nests: 44(day66), 45(65), 47(65), 51(61), 52(60), 56(57), 60(52) through 65(26)
Nest 54 had 3 more hatchlings emerge yesterday evening and 1 more during the night.
Nest 44 had a dog or animal dig into the nest again and still didn’t find any eggs.
Nest 47 had 2 crab holes and dog tracks all around
Nest 59 hatched during the night. It was a nest marked by a resident and we missed the spot by 2 feet. All the tracks were outside the green and 3 dead hatchlings succumbed to crabs.
Nest 48 hatched during the night.
Nest 57 had 1 hatchling last evening.
Nest 55 had 1 hatchling emerge and now we know where the nest is!!!!!
Crab hole at 54
Animal tracks in 47
Nest 57 hatched overnight with 2 hatchlings still in the runway being bothered by crabs.
Nothing new. The tide has been super high and green has washed at nearly every nest. Morning patrol pulled it back but it needs attention.
Inventory results for nest 49: 7 shells, 113 unhatched eggs, 3 pipped and 6 dead hatchlings
I believe we have the best, most dedicated team of volunteers in the world. You have hung in there through the thick and thin this year for sure. We are on the home stretch with 18 nests still incubating. Of those 18 nests, nests 26 and 30 are nearing 80 days and there are several more that are looking pretty doubtful. Nest 55 was never located but is in an area between 2 nests that did produce hatchlings, so reasoning would think it possible for that nest.
Crab hole in 54 and 49
Nest 54 Had 3 more hatchlings emerge last night.
Green is delivered up to nest 60
Inventory results:Nest 25 @ 80 days: 112 unhatched eggs.