Monday, May 16

No new nests to report, but we did have a stranded turtle during our Morning Patrol.  Thanks to Kathleen Bowman and Barbara Waite for assisting! Here is the Facebook post.
Meet Aqua Pearl Amanda. She is a Kemp’s Ridley ‘Hybrid’ that was stranded on Caswell Beach this morning. She suffered a boat strike but was also malnourished. Special thanks to our Ambassador, Amanda, who called in for the rescue! We transported her to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Her injuries are severe. We are thankful for their care and know they will do everything in their power to help her! The KBSTRRC are naming stranded turtles after Crayola Crayon colors at this time, so we chose Aqua Pearl.The KBSTRRC team mentioned Hybrid because she has Kemp’s and Green Turtle characteristics.

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Thursday, May 12

We have Nest #2!  Our second nest is usually at least a week after the first.  Are we on a roll or what?! 
Mama was sneaky.  The Morning Patrol found 4 eggs first, not in a chamber.  The chamber was finally located about a foot away!
She picked a nice high spot so we won’t have to worry about the King Tide next week!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Wednesday, May 10

Good Morning!  (It really is!)Our season has truly begun, we have NEST #1!

We will be sending out a Morning Report on the mornings we find nests or activity.  Can’t wait to see what the season brings in!

This is what the Morning Patrol does to see if it is a nest or a False Crawl.  One egg is sacrificed for DNA research.

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Sunday, May 1

Happy First Day of Sea Turtle Season!

Our Morning Patrol was out at sunrise to see what they could see!  We don’t expect any crawls for a couple of weeks, but we do know the turtles have been off shore.  The Leatherbacks have been active off the Ocean Crest Pier this week!  We will not send a daily morning report until we actually have some turtle activity.

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).