Nest #9

We had one false crawl of 32” at marker 66 and got soaking wet. As we left the beach we got a call from Southport that two turtles had laid on the River by The Landing. This is unusual but did happen twice two years ago.

We had one nest from a 42” crawl and moved 109 eggs to Marker 66 on our beach. This turtle had climbed into the vegetation and managed to lay a nest in the deep grass. We do not leave nests on the river as they are likely to be inundated by ship’s wakes, also the hatchlings could be swept upriver.  The other tracks were a false crawl of 33”.

Proper Turtle Etiquette

Please remember that  the female turtles coming in to nest are easily spooked and will not lay if they are interfered with.  Keep away from the turtle and observe from a distance.  Also keep dogs under control.  Remember to be as quiet as you can. The recent false crawls suggest that the turtle encountered people on the beach and left only to come back in another area which was more hospitable.

Nest #7 & #8

We had two nests and two false crawls of 34”.  We’re assuming Nest #7 with a 34” crawl is the same turtle.  This was at marker 54.3 (east of Baptists’ walkway.  Nest #8 with a 38” crawl was laid high in the dunes at marker 58 (Studer’s house)   A new morning volunteer found her first eggs which is always exciting.

2 Crawls, maybe not loggerheads

We had two false crawls this morning.  One was 39” at marker 66 and the other was 43” on the river in the Baptists.  Both these crawls were different from loggerheads but could not be positively identified as green or leatherback.  The one at the Baptists looked like a nest but after digging for over an hour no eggs were found.  We are labeling this as a Nesting Site.

2 nests the last day of May

We had two nests this morning.  Nest #3 from a 40” crawl was laid at marker 62 (400 block).  These eggs were just below the surface.  Nest #4 from a 38” crawl was laid at marker 78.8 (Beach Villas).  These eggs were buried so deep I thought I was following a crab hole.  Both these nests were textbook perfect with the eggs just where they should be.  We’re getting lots of reports of turtles in the ocean, even several Leatherbacks were spotted last weekend.

Nest #2

We had nest #2 this morning at Marker 55.5 (Baptists’ Steps area) with a 34” crawl.  Our new morning patroller, Barbara, was happy to see her first crawl and help with protecting the nest.