This morning the inventory revealed the following:
104 hatched eggshells
9 unhatched eggs
1 dead hatchling
no live hatchlings
(1 egg taken for the genetic sample when it was laid)
Total of 114 eggs, giving us a hatch success ratio of 91.2% according to the seaturtle.org data base. A very good outcome for this nest.
Interestingly, the updated genetic test results show that the turtle who laid this nest, Turtle #5140, also laid Nests #1, 3 and 6 on Waties Island this season. We don't have information yet on who laid Nest 7 or 8; when it is posted, I will share those results. Might even be this same turtle!
Barb and Steve