Sunday, July 12, 2015
NMB Nest #8
This nest was in a very unlikely spot, just south of 48th Ave S, at the end of the walkway from North Beach Plantations.....but hidden in the deep grass of the low dunes. How the turtle was able to dig a hole through the grass and roots, is anyone's guess. And then she hid the nest, covering it with sea grass.....and a yellow rubber ducky....my first thought was there is no nest, no tracks, no sand mound....but people claimed she was in that spot for a while, so I probed and hit soft sand!! Jerry was told that people had seen her from their North Shore Plantation Balconies around 5:30 AM.......Her tracks were hardly visible when viewed from the beach, but people said they really stood out when viewed from balconies. Great find Jerry and Maggie
Did she nest somewhere in this grass?
Rubber ducky, smashed by mother crawling over it
Found on the egg cavity
YES!!!! Egg Cavity found
Moving the eggs to a more protected location
Empty egg cavity......
notice the cut roots and grass
this area was covered with pulled up grass
Thank you Maggie and Shannon
Candy and Maggie relocating the eggs
Thank you all
Job well done!!!
NMB Nest #8
119 eggs, 118 relocated to a better location
1 egg used for DNA Study
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 1:12 PM