Waties Island Nest Count

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Inventory of Nest # 3

Nest # 3 was laid on May 27 and emerged on Day 65, July 31. This nest was
located just below the entrance in the edge of the dunes. It was a shallow
nest plagued by ghost crabs. The turtle who laid this  nest  also laid nests in
2011 at Surfside and North Myrtle Beach-five total. In 2013 she laid one at
Myrtle Beach and four at Briarcliff Acres. In 2016 Briarcliff had one of her
nests and Waties had three!! We hope she has laid more nests on our beach,
and hopefully better ones than this one.
48 hatched and 68 unhatched.
And, on a personal note, a fond farewell to Emily-who will graduate tomorrow
and begin looking for a job with the sea turtles!! The best of luck to a great
volunteer and student!!
Post by Paulette
Pictures by Regena,
Barb and Paulette
Regena captured the sunrise reflecting off the high rises of NMB

The digging begins

A once shallow nest became very deep!

Our guests help

Sorting the eggs

Emily's mom counts the eggs

The sail boat remains on our beach

Karen brought out a lock for our gate!! Thank You!!

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