Sunday, August 28, 2016
MB Relocated Nest #1 (MYB #8) was found by MB Sanitation on June 30. NMB was asked to check out the crawl and relocate any eggs found. Eggs were relocated to 9th Ave South in NMB.
52 days later, hatchlings emerge and run to the ocean.
All that is left is a hole
and the little tracks
August 24th...time to dig up egg chamber and inventory
Jen and Vicki dig up the chamber, removing egg shells
Soon all contents of chamber are removed
all interested are allowed up to see eggs and hole
Relocated MB Nest #1--9th Ave South
109 eggs in original nest
108 moved to NMB, 1 egg used for DNA
Hatchlings emerged on day 52
102 hatched shells
6 whole or unhatched
No dead or alive hatchlings
Hatch success rate 94.4%
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 12:45 PM
Horry County Sanitation came across the nesting turtle around mid-night on July 2 as she laid her eggs close to the swash separating Briarcliffe from NMB. Briarcliffe Volunteers were notified and they were on the scene early the next morning. 131 were found in the egg chamber, 130 eggs were moved up into the dunes further south on the beach, away from the swash, 1 egg used for DNA.
49 days later, hatchlings emerge, all run toward the ocean.
Nest is inventoried on August 23rd. The dunes on this beach were bady eroded during the storms and King Tides, Fall of 2015. Sand has been building up along and on top of the dunes all summer.
egg cavity is surrounded by vegatation
Larry talks to crowd, giving history of the nest and
what to expect
This little girl is eager to help
Larry invites all kids up to watch
Hole is very deep, lots of sand build up
Empty egg shells begin piling up
3 dead hatchlings are found
Finally bottom of the egg chamber is found
all shells have been removed
Kids take turn inside hole to show how deep
Inventory is finished, time to
put empty shells back into hole
and cover it up
Work is done for the evening
Protecting the new dunes around the remaining nest
Sand is building up, but soft and easily destroyed by people climbing up the dunes to see nests
Briarcliffe Nest #4
132 eggs in original nest
131 relocated further south on beach
1 egg for DNA
Nest incubated for 49 days. emerging on Aug. 20th
130 hatched shells
1 whole or unhatched egg
3 dead hatchlings, 0 live hatchlings found in nest
99.24% hatching success rate!!!
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 12:14 PM