|A long crawl up the beach|
|It's a loggerhead - see the alternating flipper marks?|
|The Friday crew working Nest 7|
|Arlene and Paulette uncovering the eggs|
This morning, Patrick, Arlene, Jackie, Amanda, Ashley and Seth set off with Steve for another stroll on the beach. But... right above Marker 5, there were the telltale tracks crossing the beach. While Steve went for supplies and a cage, the others continued up the island to check for more crawls and monitor the other nests.
|Perfect location up on the dune|
Sure enough, it was a nest - Nest #8. The tracks looked pretty big, but measured just 31", fairly average for a loggerhead.
|This one was 31" wide|
|Seth, Amanda, Ashley, Steve, Patrick, Jackie and Arlene|
|Nest 7 with Fripp Island ghost crab trap in place|
|Different style crab trap installed on Nest 2|
Statistics from 2007, our best year so far, show our 8th nest on June 19 - that means that we're a day ahead of the 2007 season. But only time will tell what the end of season results for this year will show. Still, it's looking good! Thank you all for volunteering!!
Don't forget to check out the Waties Island Turtle Watch Facebook site that Ashley is maintaining:
Barb and Steve