- One False Crawl
- Crawl Width: 75cm/30.5″
- Location: East of the Tom Hess Access
- Nest #29
- Crawl Width: 89cm/32.5″
- 2 crab holes were present upon arrival. 2 empty eggs shells were found.
Mama Turtles gave the Morning Patrol a break with only one nest today. Of course, we don’t mind multiples!
Nest #28 Crawl width: 89cm/35″ Laid in a safe location
5 new nests today and 1 false crawl! 27 Nests!!This time last year (2020) we only had 14 nests. This time in 2019 we had 28 nests.
Nest #21 was laid in a sloughing dune.
The Kemp’s Ridley Nesting Site was a nest! After viewing the videos on computer screens, we checked a different area of the grid this morning and Wanda was able to find the eggs! Matthew Godfrey from the State gave us permission to relocate the eggs to a safer location. There is a narrow ‘window of opportunity’ for moving eggs. After a certain amount of time the embryo attaches to the inside of the egg shell. Any jostling or turning upside down can cause the embryo to pull away and the development ceases.
Looks like we had a Kemp’s Ridley try to nest this afternoon on Caswell Beach at the Tom Hess Access (Ocean Green’s). Tom and Barbara saw her as she was covering up her digging area. Teresa got there to see her go back to the water. Then 6 of us tried and tried and dug and dug for 3 hours to find the eggs. We came up empty! Don’t know if she was practicing or got spooked, or if the eggs are hidden too well. We would have relocated them if we could have found them as they were below one of the high tide lines. We marked the area as a Nesting Site and will keep an eye on it over time.
| Triple Crown|
We have 3 more nests today, all in safe locations! Also, Teresa and Barb worked hard to fill in a very large hole east of the OKI pier.
Nest #18 Crawl width: 85cm/33″
Nest #19 Crawl width: 90cm/35″
Nest #20 Crawl width: 102cm/40″
We have some Mamas nesting in “Neighborhoods” near other nests! It will be interesting to see what DNA shows!
*Nest #17 had a crab hole with one egg damaged
Today’s Mama circled around one area and moved up a little bit to actually lay. 2 pretty circle tracks! Our Pro’s Gary & Susan knew just where to look. Theresa is getting a lot of great training on the job! A spacer egg (smaller) was used for DNA. 2 eggs had odd nodules on them. We will see what happens with those!
Nest #16 was laid in an area known for heavy flooding, so it was relocated.
Thanks to Joy for the great pictures! Beautiful sunrise reflections!
We are now tied with Cape Hatteras for the most nests in NC (if their data is correct)!
1 False Crawl. Craw Width: 84 cm/33″. Location: West of Joe O’Brien Access, in front of 906 CB Rd.
Nest 15 Crawl WIdth: 89 cm/35″. Laid just at/above the King Tide line and covered with wire.
Morning Patrol had an adventure following today’s Mama’s crawl to and from the nest! She also didn’t make it easy for them to find the eggs! All in a days work, lol.
Nest 14 Crawl width: 82 cm/33″