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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wild Nest Myrtle Beach

Turtle Hatchlings on Myrtle Beach. Hatchlings were discovered this morning around 54th Ave., N., Myrtle Beach. S.C.U.T.E. asked the NMB Sea Turtle Patrol to investigate and inventory if a nest was discovered. Turtle Hatchling tracks were found running all over along the dune line, but no hole or depression indicating the egg chamber was visible. The nest was found by following one set of tracks and then digging in the sand until eggs were located.

Results of Inventory:

71 empty egg shells
4 eggs died early development
1 egg died late development, embryo taken for DNA Study
Total of 76 eggs

93.4% Hatchling success rate

1 Live Hatchling found in nest, released and escorted to the Ocean.

Thank you Barbara, Steve and Rob for coming so quickly. The beach was very busy and the tracks were quickly disappearing. Thank you Marla for calling the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol and telling us about the nest. This nest is recorded as a Wild Nest on Myrtle Beach.


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