Saturday, October 3, 2015
Major rain hits North Myrtle Beach.....Oct 2nd.....rainfall totals from 7pm Thursday - 7am Saturday. Over a foot in Little River
Major street flooding on Friday night, cars stranded as water level rises on the roads
Storm drains are over worked....Early Saturday morning call comes in from Lori, there are a lot of aquatic or land turtles all over the beach. Quick drive down, sure enough, turtles are coming out of the storm drain pipes into about 2 feet of ocean water.....people are frantically watching for the turtles an grabbing them as the poor confused turtles try to get out of the deep ocean water.
Soon one bucket is full....
Two large bucket full of turtles.....14 in all
Taken to McLean
The bigger turtles immediately jumped into the water, the biggest one thanked me by taking a chunk out of my knuckle
but that's OK
The smaller turtles were a little hesitate but soon ran to the water
Yes, fresh water!!!!
The smallest turtle, different from the rest,
Some sort of Musk Turtle?
Look closely at the nose
Tiny but I do not think it is a youngster, I believe a mature adult
But even some of the duck were tired of the rain
"I think I will wait here under the shelter until the rain stops"
Late day rescue....huge turtle swimming up and down the street....
22 Ave N, NMB
First look.....I am in trouble
Lok at that head, look at that tail
I do not want to mes with this guy.......
Only way to safely move the turtle, push it head first into the bucket
Quickly carry it to the nearby canal and release
Not a happy camper, but at least safe for now
stay in the canal and out of the street
Look at that tail, imagine stepping on this......
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 1:05 PM
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Briarcliffe nest #9 was laid on July 22nd, 1 day after nest #8. This nest was the southern most nest, close to the Lands End Condo Complex. Laid below the Spring HTL, 112 eggs, 111 move back onto a low dune, 1 egg taken fro DNA. The hatchlings emerged late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, September 20th, exactly one week after nest #8 emerged. Day 60 of incubation. A few stragglers emerged the next night.
Larry's dog is interested....did the hatchlings just emerge and scent is still strong?
Tracks go straight to the ocean, over numerous foot prints left in the sand
4 days later, the egg chamber is dug up and inventoried.
Hole is wider and deeper, some tracks are still visible.
Larry and Cheri dig up the egg chamber
One hatched egg is soon found
Then a pipped or egg in which the hatchling started to emerge but died before
coming completely out of the shell. Head is out.....
Pipped egg, notice how head is sticking out of egg
Another pipped egg, this hatchling was almost completely out of shell
3 pipped eggs
3 whole or unhatched eggs.....one on the right is grayish color,
this one contained a fully formed, large hathcling
hatchling with yolk sac still large and attached
Egg chamber is empty
112 eggs, nest is laid just below the Spring High Tide Line
111 eggs relocated back into the dunes, 1 egg taken for DNA Study
Hatchlings emerged on Sept. 20, day 60
102 hatched eggs
3 whole or unhatched eggs of which 2 died in early development,
1 egg died in late development, large fully formed hatchlings
6 pipped eggs
no live or dead hatchlings
91.9% hatchling success rate
THANK YOU Larry, Cindy and Cheri for helping with the inventory. A huge thanks to Larry
for your pictures.....
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 10:08 AM
Sunday, September 20, 2015
On July 21st, a nesting loggerhead first false crawled on the Briarcliffe Beach but then came back, right in the same spot as Nest #2, crawled through the roped off area, over the egg cavity, came out in back and nested. Eggs are in a good spot so nest left natural or in situ.
54 days later, September 13, hatchlings emerge either late at night or early morning. Day 54 of incubation. One hatchling is found on the top of the egg chamber, completely out of the sand. Lethargic, exhausted from climbing out, the hatchling is covered up with sand in hopes it will gain strength and be on it's way.
Inventory is performed 4 days later, on September 16th. Hole has started to fill in,
Larry starts to dig up the egg chamber
Claire takes over, pulling out shells as Patterson separates whole from hatched.
One whole egg is found with a root growing into and out the other side
Finaaly egg chamber is empty, Patterson counts the shells
Since this is a natural nest, this is roughly the hole dug by the other,
Nest laid on July 21st, hatchlings emerged on Sept. 13th, 54 days incubation
112 hatched shells
17 unhatched, of which 16 were collapsed, died in early development
1 egg died in late development, fully formed
No live or dead hatchlings in egg chamber
the one hatchling found on top of the egg chamber, died but was not included in stats since
it was completely out of the egg chamber
86.8% hatching success rate
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 5:24 PM