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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Two more Live stranded Kemps, Two released from Sea Turtle Hospital

Wednesday, just after 1PM, call comes in from NMB STP Volunteer Matt, we have a hooked Kemps, Apache Pier.

Sure enough, small juvenile Kemps, hooked in the flipper.  The Angler knew to grab a drop net and haul the poor guy onto the pier.  Hook was easily removed.  No damage to flipper.




Small abrasion under eye, may have been caused by net.


While we are examining the turtle for any serious injuries, another call comes in, another small juvenile Kemps, hooked off Apache Pier, same Angler.  Turtle again raised up onto the Pier using a drop net.










Because it was so hot and sunny out, both turtles were taken to the shore line and quickly released as a crowd started to gather.   Amazing how strong and powerful these little guys were, especially when they sensed the ocean.  Both quickly swam away  

Named Cool Aid and Sheldon.......A huge thanks to the Angler who know exactly how to handle these endangered turtles.  A big thanks to Matt and Ingrid for helping to make sure both were safe.

The Apache Pier ROCKS!!!

Two days later, two other juvenile kemps, both hooked off the Apache Pier and rushed to the Sea Turtle Hospital because they swallowed the hooks, are released back into the ocean at Folly Beach, South of Charleston.  Both turtles were found to be very healthy when admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital within days of each other, only injury were the hooks requiring surgical removal.  A little over a month recuperation,  both are ready to go back home.  Per the Sea Turtle Hospital...
  
           "I have great news! Shane cleared Flounder and Apache yesterday…woohoo! 
Unfortunately, we also discovered yesterday that Flounder has rubbed the sides of his head on the bars of his divider in his attempts to get to Apache. So much so that there are small lesions on each side. We love our turtles but this is another shining example of their small brain! Shane has asked that these animals get released as soon as possible so I have just gotten final approvals from DNR, CCPRC and the town of Folly Beach to release these two at the Folly Beach County Park this afternoon at 4pm."




Again, a huge thanks to the Anglers and the Management on the Apache Pier.   Their quick action and proper handling gave these critically endangered sea turtles a second chance.  


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kemps Stranding

Another Kemps Ridley dead Stranding, Little Guy, juvenile, good condition except for wounds on it's head.  Wash ashore around Friday, 2PM, at 19th Ave N,   Hate to see these beautiful, rare turtles die so young........






Saturday, July 16, 2016

Briarcliffe Nest #6 False crawl #2

Briarcliffe was alerted early by Horry Sanitation of two crawls.....first crawl was along the dunes with no body pit.  





Second crawl had a nice body pit, Yes, egg quickly found.  Nest #6 for Briarcliffe......








Three empty egg shells at bottom of nest, Ghost Crab had already found 
a tasty meal.


Braircliffe Nest #6,  Eggs moved back above the HTL


Friday, July 15, 2016

NMB Nest #6

She came back!!!!....Meredith called in early this morning, long crawl up the beach.   First thought it was just left over tracks from the two false crawls in same area yesterday but some tracks were below HTL.  






Followed the tracks right up into a narrow public beach access, halfway up walkway, turtle turned, grabbing sand on each side of the dunes, distinct flipper marks...some thrown sand.....Nest?   People kept walking through the walkway, we had to ask them to wait a few minutes so we could work the crawl.



 A nice protected area, this turtle probably worked in a nice dark, enclosed spot.   Probe of area and soft sand found a short distance from the beginning of the walkway from the beach.....Eggs soon found,  115 total,  114 moved a short distance away from walkway...







 115 total,  114 moved a short distance away from walkway...







1 egg for DNA....NMB Nest #6




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

False Crawls 9 and 10

Not one but two false crawls this morning in Cherry Grove.  Jeannie and Alyssa came across the first crawl around 53rd N.  Long crawl up onto the top of a high dune, turtle slid down and walked south, then up into a private walkway, back down and then into the ocean.  No apparent nesting activity.  Long crawl parallel  to the ocean.  








Jimmy from NMB Sanitation stopped and gave Alyssa a ride to the second crawl at 49th. Second long crawl  was between 48th Ave N and 49th Ave N.  Again long crawl up the beach to the dunes, crawled along the base of the dunes, at one point stopping right at a private walkway, may have tried to nest, crawled back down to the beach, around a life guard chair, back up into the dunes, back down and then down the beach.  Crawled is about a block long. The one area that could have been a nest, was probed and probed , not a well defined body pit but some messed up vegetation.    Nothing was found    If she had nested, the eggs would have been very close to a walkway.  Fox tracks all around but no digging so he could not find eggs either.









From the long crawls and footprints all around, appears this turtle was watched and maybe harassed as she was on shore.  Poor Mama crawled long distances both times, not easy for her.   


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