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Friday, June 14, 2024

NMB STP Endangered Sea Turtle nest # 8

 While the NMB STP Volunteers walking early mornings, they're often are rewarded with walking the beautiful beaches, the beautiful sunrises and meeting new people interested in knowing more as they're looking for a Sea Turtle crawl or body pit. But they also walk on the wet cold rainy and very windy days.  unless lightning, or unsafe weather the NMB STP, Briarcliffe, and no man's land Volunteers are still out there walking every day.

This particular nest was called in the night before, sad as it was, the caller calling in this Sea Turtle sadly had to say," we saw a Sea Turtle come to shore, but people surrounded her with bright lights, and unfortunately they scared her back into the ocean".  Sad and devasting news for this endangered Sea Turtle and could potentially be in peril of her whole clutch of eggs being dumped in ocean.  If she needed to nest and dumped them in the ocean, none of these eggs would survive.   People surrounding her may not realize that it is illegal to shine lights, harass or interfere in any way. This can come with heavy fines and could lead to imprisonment.

 Luckily there is good news, shortly after everyone left as nothing more was to see, she came back up. The caller again called the NMB STP Hotline saying she was back.  NMB STP was on the way while this caller kept all away with no lights until Volunteers could arrive. The area was kept dark no lights and no noise as she was able to nest in peace. 

On the way back to the ocean after nesting, the NMB STP Volunteers were able to measure the carapace which was 39 inches from notch to tip. A pit tag scan is also done to see if she may have been previously tagged.

The nest is roped off to temporarily protect it for the night until the NMB STP Patrol are able to work this nest in the morning.

The weather was not on our side, thunder and lightning is keeping the NMB STP off the beaches, until safe to walk.  A break in the weather, just rain and they are able to go to the nest that was temporarily roped off.  Not much of the crawl was visible as rain and the beach raking had taken much of this away.  Luckily the body pit (nest) had been roped off the night before because not much of the body pit is visible either.




Probing is done and yes, we have a nest.  As you can see from the high-rise buildings in the back, this is a busy beach with many lights. The lights would probably turn the hatchlings towards the artificial lights instead of the ocean. This nest will be relocated to a safer part of the beach.  There were 119 eggs in this nest.





The eggs are safely relocated to a safer part of the beach.  A cage to protect the nest from all sharing the beaches with us. Poles, rope and a sign indicating this a protected endangered Sea Turtle Nest are put into place.





One egg is used for DNA Studies. This will be shared in a national data base, to help with the many unknowns that will help in the conservation and survival of the endangered Sea Turtle species.



All Sea Turtles are endangered, the are Federally and State protected.  Special guidelines, training and permits are required to work with nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings and stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling, Nest or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call:

NMB STP HOTLINE
843-213-9074
ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

NMB Nest #7


 A call coming into the hotline, while the NMB STP was on their way, the caller was asked to tell people to turn their lights off and leave the turtle alone. NMB STP stayed while she nested, making sure everyone was staying away and anyone walking the beach with lights were asked to turn lights off and go way around her. The beach was dark and quiet, as this mother was able to nest in peace. On her way back to the ocean, measurements were taken 40 inches from notch to tip of the carapace, also a pit scan tag was done with no results showing. The nest was roped off for the night to keep it safe, until the NMB STP could return in the morning.  In the morning probing is done to find the egg chamber.




Once probing was done, the egg chamber is carefully found. This nest is on a busy beach with many bright lights from the budlings, the eggs are relocated to a safer part of the beach.  130 eggs were found in this nest


The nest is protected with a cage.  Poles, rope and a sign indicating that this is a protected endangered Sea turtle nest.  Great job NMB STP out walking this morning and all who are out every day so the nest can be protected.  All making the difference to help save the endangered Sea Turtle Species.


All Sea Turtles are endangered. They are federally protected, Special guidelines, training and permits are required to work with nesting Sea Turtles, Hatchlings or stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or  Briarcliffe areas please call:

NMB STP HOTLINE
843-213-9074
ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

NMB Endangered Sea Turtle Nest #6

 First being reported by people who had seen her on the beach, all were respectful with no flashlights, staying far away from her, giving her space and no interference. At the first sign of light the NMB STP were there.  What a Surprise to see this was the Second Endangered Leatherback nest.



Between looking at the crawl and people who had given reports in the morning of this beautiful Leatherback going back and forth and back and forth through the dunes, it's a very big probability that the lights from buildings had disoriented her.

 We would like to remind people that if you live at the ocean, please keep the lights facing the ocean off, if a multi-level building, we would hope that they would use lights that are safer and less possibilities of disorienting the Sea Turtle. If you have windows facing the ocean, please try to use curtain or shades at night.  We can all do a part to help save the endangered Sea Turtle species.





Now probing is done to locate the egg chamber, as you can see the Leatherback Sea Turtle did a great job at disguising her nest.  But the experienced NMB STP were able to locate the egg chamber very quickly.




 We have found the egg chamber.  As this nest is below the spring HTL and many lights, the eggs will be relocated to a safer part of the beach. 



There are 86 eggs in this nest and 22 spacer eggs (spacer eggs are typical in Leatherback Sea Turtle nest and non-viable).  While we are uncertain why Leatherbacks have so many spacer eggs, there a couple theories.




Great job to all the NMB STP Volunteers out walking early this morning and all mornings so the Endangered Sea Turtle nest can be protected.  The numbers show how these Volunteers are making the difference to the survival of the Sea Turtle Species.


All Sea Turtles are endangered.  They are federally and state protected, special training, guidelines and permits are required to work with Nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings and stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a Nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling, or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call
NMB STP HOTLINE
843-213-9074

NMB stranding #10

 Unfortunately, NMB STP Volunteers have found this deceased endangered Sea Turtle.  This was a Green Sea Turtle.  Because all Sea Turtles are endangered, documentation is gathered that will be shared in a national data base.   This information is very important to help in the survival of the sea turtle species.  



This strand is not in the best shape to be able to quickly identify, but Sea Turtles have certain characteristics that help to determine this.


By looking at the unique characteristics we are able to determine this was an endangered Green Sea Turtle. There is a starburst coloration on the Scutes on the carapace, this is something the Green Sea Turtles will have.


All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are Federally and State protected.  Special guidelines, training and permits are required to work with Nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings and stranded Sea Turtles, alive or deceased.

If you encounter a nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling, or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call

NMB STP HOTLINE
843-213-9074
ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT

Monday, June 3, 2024

NMB Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest #5


 What a beautiful crisp morning when NMB STP Volunteers come upon this beautiful crawl.  A nice long crawl going right up to the dunes and nice small body pit (nest). 





This spot would be a perfect place for a nest if it wasn't for the many bright lights behind the body pit.  The lights from the buildings would disorient the Hatchlings when they came out and they would go in the direction of these bright lights.  Unfortunately, because of this it is determined to move the nest to a safer part of the beach out of the dander of lights.



Probing is done and the egg cavity is found. All are welcome to look at this egg.  NMB STP Volunteers are excited as they share their knowledge on how we are protecting this nest to help in the survival of the endangered Sea Turtle Species.



As this nest is carefully relocated to a safe part of the beach, we take the opportunity to count the eggs.  111 eggs were in this nest.



A cage and poles are put around this nest indicating this is a protected endangered Sea Turtle nest.  The cage will help protect this nest with all sharing the beaches with us.




Great job NMB STP Volunteers out walking this morning and every morning.  Making the difference in the survival of the endangered Sea Turtle species.



All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are federally, and state protected.  special training, guidelines and permits are required to work with nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings and stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a Nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call 

NMB STP HOTLINE
843-213-9074
ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT


Friday, May 31, 2024

loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest # 4 in NMB

NMB STP Volunteers are on the beaches 7 days a week, rain or shine, unless it is thundering or an unsafe storm. The NMB STP Volunteers just never know going out what they may find, but anticipation is always there.

 As first year NMB STP Volunteers come upon this crawl, taking a first look and then a second look and yes this is a crawl. Soon fellow NMB STP Volunteers are on the way.  

A nice crawl with a nice body pit.  Excitement is a mild word for these Volunteers as they wait patiently to see if an egg chamber is found.  Probing is done and yes, we have a nest. 

This Sea Turtle found the perfect spot to nest.  Close enough to the dunes that the high tides won't reach the nest.  It is in a safe and quiet part of the beach so it will be left In Situ (left as it is). 

A beautiful incoming and outgoing crawl with a nice body pit (nest).






Probing is done and yes, we have a nest.  This nest will be left just as it is. 



One egg will be used for DNA studies. This nest is quickly covered back up and left as is, In Situ.  A cage and poles are put around the egg chamber and a sign indicating this is a protected endangered Sea Turtle Nest.





 Great Job NMB STP Volunteers out walking this morning and every morning so The Endangered Sea Turtle nest can be protected.  NMB STP Volunteers making the difference in the survival of the Sea Turtle species.  

All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are federally, and state protected.  Special training, guidelines and Permits are required to work with nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings or stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call

NMB STP HOTLINE

843-213-9074

ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT 

loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest #3 in NMB

 The excited NMB STP Volunteers have found an Endangered Sea Turtle Crawl, upon investigation they see a wonderful body pit. The body pit itself is unusually long with thrown sand throughout most of the body pit (nest). 




The egg chamber is found, but this nest would be over washed by the high tides if left where it is. The beach is also a very busy beach with many lights, so it is determined to move to a safer part of the beach and will be protected. 


119 eggs were found in this nest




One egg will be used for DNA studies, this will help in the conservation and future of the endangered Sea Turtle species and help answer the many unknowns of the Sea Turtle species.  Information such as where She nested, how often she nested. Daughters and sisters are also able to be determined as they start their nesting cycles just to name a few.  



Great job NMB STP Volunteers who are walking in the early morning hours so this and other Endangered Sea Turtle Nest can be protected.

All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are federally, and state protected.  Special training, guidelines and permits are required to work with Nesting Sea Turtles, Hatchlings and Stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling or a stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call

NMB STP HOTLINE

843-213-9074

ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT

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