Waties Island Nest Count

Monday, May 30, 2016

NEST #3 - Monday, May 30, 2016

 Nest # 3 Monday, May 30, 2016

More activity today on the island: the volunteers had just about finished their patrol but when they reached Marker 9, there was a crawl!  And not just one, but two crawls, one on top of the other. The turtle made her way up over the dune and then headed back out to the water only to return to the same spot again.  She laid a very shallow nest just high enough in the dunes that we didn't need to relocate it.

A DNA sample was taken from one of the eggs that was broken during the probing - the eggs were only about 6 - 8 inches below the surface while normally they are between 12 and 18 inches deep.

Post and picture by Leslie - using Barb's email notice

The body pit

She made it over the dune

Kim and Janice start digging for the egg chamber
Several of the top eggs were broken, these were saved and reburied 

DNA Sample

Kim and Janice - job well done

Monday walkers - we had a wonderful start for Memorial Day

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