A crawl of 39” at marker 63.5 resulted in Nest #14.
A 40” crawl gave us nest # 13 just west of Seller St. in Yaupon.
We had a false crawl of 36” at marker 66.1. She came in before high tide and crawled past the trash cans and way into the dunes before turning around without laying. Nest #12 also a 36” crawl was laid at marker 66.2. We can assume this was the same turtle.
A 36” false crawl at marker 60.1; A 35” false crawl at marker 76.5; A 33” false crawl at marker 77.2; and a 41” crawl gave us nest # 11 at marker 65.8.
We had 3 crawls this morning, A 33” false crawl at marker 57.8 and again at marker73.6. We also had a 40” crawl at 67.2 that gave us nest #10 found by Nancy (her first nest).
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”.
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.
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.
3 crawls this morning. A 31”Crawl at marker 59.2 resulted in nest#5. A 29”Crawl at marker 69 was a false crawl. A 35”Crawl at marker78.5 resulted in nest #6 with 160 eggs that were relocated above the high tide line.
We had a 36” false crawl at Marker 66. It looked like a nest but we dug for over an hour in hard sand and did not find eggs.