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Monday, October 2, 2023

Inventory results on protected Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest #13

 This Nest had 89 eggs in the nest, one was used for DNA studies, so 88 eggs were relocated

Many volunteers are eagerly waiting to see the end results of their hard work. Many Volunteers eagerly sharing information and their passion about saving the endangered Sea Turtle species.

The inventory will now begin, information is given out about this nest to all that have come. One Hatchling is found deep in the nest that had not made it out on his own.  All are able to see the Hatchling while the inventory is taking place in case more Hatchlings are found.

This is the results of this inventory; all are able to see the whole and hatched shells and see what the Egg chamber looks like. Many are amazed that the mother Loggerhead Sea Turtle typically will dig down about 18 inches to 24 inches, sometimes deeper with just her back two flippers.

Inventory results
89.8% hatch success rate for relocated eggs.
79 hatches eggs
9 unhatched eggs or whole eggs
1 live hatchling
0 dead hatchlings

All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are Federally and State protected.  Special guidelines, training and permits are required to work with all Sea turtles, Nest, Hatchlings and Stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a Sea Turtle or Hatchling in NMB or Briarcliffe areas, please call the NMB STP Hotline.


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