The outcome for this particular nest wasn't the best we've seen but we do know that 31 eggs did hatch. There were 40 unhatched eggs, several of which were "pipped" meaning the hatchling started the process of exiting the eggshell but didn't quite make it all the way out. We don't know exactly why this happens. (Students; more research needed here!) No live turtles this morning but there were three dead ones.
|Beautiful sunrises out there|
|Digging up the contents|
|Sorting and categorizing the contents|
The one really unusual thing we saw this morning was a juvenile snapping turtle on the beach. These turtles are fresh water reptiles and we guessed it may have been washed out by the storm. Luck was with him/her today as Kaela bagged it and took it on to a new home. Thanks, Kaela!