We had a 34” false crawl near the 601 walkway this morning.
Nest #2 today, 34” crawl. We located the eggs just before the downpour set in.
WE HAVE NEST #1!!!!
36” crawl and laid safely next to the dunes.
Still no more activity. Oak Island, Holden and Ocean Isle all have nests so it will be any day now.
Our season is underway. We had 2 false crawls this morning. First was a 37” at the east point and then a 33” crawl over on the river in Southport. Maybe tomorrow will be the day for a nest!
No turtle news but we did get our ATV for morning patrol delivered today.
NC has it’s first nest! Ft Fisher State Recreation Area had a nest today. I was hoping that we would be first this year but maybe we will be next.
May 1, the first day of the rest of 2020 turtle season
It was a cold but beautiful morning. We will be patrolling every morning but I will only update the blog when there is something to report.
I hope this message finds everyone safe, well and hunkered in. This could be an interesting year for turtle watching and social distancing. We will begin morning patrols on Friday, May 1st. Georgia had their first loggerhead nest yesterday so as history has it, NC should be seeing a crawl in the next couple of weeks. There’s been lots of cannonball jellies on the beach and the turtles follow them in.
We did have a rather large dead loggerhead near the golf course Monday, April 20 that we buried on the beach and then on Wednesday, April 22, we transported a cold-stunned green to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital.
After the article in the State Port Pilot, I have gotten several inquiries for new volunteers and as you all know besides morning patrol, the season doesn’t really start for most until July. I will send emails when there is something to report.
Stay safe and hoping for a wonderful season.
Gary & Susan