Nest #3 is west of the 400 walkway and a 34” crawl safely placed her eggs in the dune.
Nest number 2 today. 31” crawl out on the Baptist cliff side. We relocated 109 eggs to the Baptist steps.
We have our first nest!!!
Nest number one has 104 eggs, located east of the golf course and had a 38” crawl.
Morning patrol started today. Of course there wasn’t anything except a beautiful morning on the beach. I will not send emails until I have something to send. In case you didn’t know, South Carolina already has 1 Kemp’s Ridley nest and 2 loggerhead nests so it shouldn’t be long.
The 2019 Turtle Season is almost here! Beginning May 1st, the Turtle Watch Morning Patrol will search Caswell Beach for any tracks left by a mother turtle who might be laying eggs. If a nest is discovered, it will be marked and assigned a sequential number, starting with 1.
With the beach re-nourishment project behind us, we look forward to a “normal” turtle season.
Nest 38 was inventoried resulting in 60 unhatched eggs. We checked several eggs and looks as if they had started development. The heavy rains created puddles of standing water in the Tom Hess area during the first weeks of August.
Nest 31 and 35 are considered lost because of Florence but probably would have been the same as nest 38.
Nest 39 is at 64 days incubation and there’s still hope.
Nest 40….we have been watching the area but believe it was lost to the hurricane too.
Post Hurricane Florence
We are back. I rode the beach yesterday afternoon and words cannot describe what it looks like out there. There’s washed out places at most walkovers. Debris is all over the beach. The sand is gone. It’s amazing.
We still have nests 38 and 39 in place. We will look for 40 but I believe it was washed away. I don’t expect anything from 38 but hopeful that 39 could still produce hatchlings. Oak Island has had a few hatchlings the last 2 days. We are hopeful.
Nest #37 hatched and inventoried. 53 shells, 12 unhatched and 1 pipped dead.
Nests #39 and #40 so far so good.
Funny how some things make you not think about other things, but today as we prepare ourselves for Florence remember that today, 9/11, is the day that forever changed the way we live. God bless America and have mercy on our little island.
Nests 37, 39 and 40 are still okay for now.
The evening on the beach was nerve wrecking. The tide came all the way to the dune at Tom Hess walkway. The 4 nests there were covered. Green was washing away.
Nests 33 and 36 inventories were scheduled for the evening but nest 34 was done a day early because the water was a couple of feet away and still rising. Nest 26 was at 70 days.
The nesting sight east of the Baptist walkover and beside nest 34 hatched during yesterday’s rain and inventoried just before high tide. Nest #42!
Nest 26: 124 unhatched eggs
Nest 34: 92 shells and 4 unhatched eggs
Nest 33: 91 unhatched eggs, 28 shells, 1 live hatchling with really small front flippers
Nest 36: 88 shells, 10 unhatched, 2 pipped dead, 2 pipped live and 14 live hatchlings
Nest 42: 113 shells, 5 unhatched, 1 dead and 5 live hatchlings
We’ve picked up green at Tom Hess. Nests 37, 39 and 40 seem to be okay for now.