Erosion a Problem for Caswell Beach Sea Turtle Nests

So far this weekend, we have had 2 sea turtle nests and a false crawl all in heavily eroded areas of Caswell Beach.

Nest #32 was laid on the river at Ft. Caswell. She was a small sea turtle mama with a crawl of only 28 inches!  The nest was just at the high tide line and would have been washed out.  The sand in the bottom of the nest cavity was wet.  106 eggs were relocated to a safer location.

The False Crawl was on the ocean side at a badly eroded area.  The crawl width matched the crawl width of Nest #32.  Young mama!

Nest #33 was laid at the site of Wednesday’s False Crawl. The dune cliff was very high so she opted for the lower space. That area is a badly sloughing dune where the tide comes right up to the base of the dune.  130 eggs were relocated to a safer location.

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 24ST03).

Want to help? Please consider donating to our efforts to protect sea turtles at Caswell Beach Turtle Watch Donations.

Sea Turtle Nest #32

Sea Turtle Nest #33

False Crawl 6/29