Waties Island Nest Count

Thursday, June 2, 2016

NEST #4 - Thursday, June 2, 2016

Nest #4 discovered by the Thursday Volunteers!

Our busy season continued this morning with the discovery of our fourth nest of the season, It is located on the lower end of the island between Marker 1 and 2. The track width was small, about 32 inches, similar to the false crawls from yesterday. Could be the same turtle, but there is no way to be certain.

The bugs on the beach today were not friendly - those biting midges were everywhere, so be prepared when you walk. Some days they are there; some days they are not. They were so bad this morning, we didn't take the group photo by the nest! Thank you Regena, Susie, Elaine an Harry. This is their second nest this season.

Blog by Barb
Photos and photo comments by Regena Heilmann

Two views of the Crawl

 When she returned to the ocean, she crossed over her incoming crawl 
in the same pattern as the day before.

 Barb and Steve examine the crawl to estimate the chamber location.

Barb checks the feel of the sand.

 Steve starts probing in several locations

and finds the cavity.

Regena and Susie dig for the eggs. 
Once located, Paulette determines which egg to remove 
for the sample. She found that the top two eggs were broken. 
One was disposed in the ocean and the other 
taken as a specimen for the DNA sample.

Susie is holding the sample to be sent to the lab to 
help determine the identity of the mother turtle.

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