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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

NMB protected endangered Sea Turtle nest # 13

A call coming in about 2am to the hotline of a turtle returning to the ocean.  NMB STP Volunteers are there early in the morning to make sure it is kept safe and not raked over.  this nest was located in the middle of the beach with many lights, so it will be relocated to a safer part of the beach. 

Part of the Sea Turtle crawl (track)

The Body Pit (nest) will be studied to determine the best place to find the egg chamber.

It's all hands in, What a great team. A cage is put around the nest to protect it from anything sharing the beaches with us.  Poles and a rope will be put around the nest with a sign indicating that this is an Endangered Sea Turtle Nest.

One egg will be used to help in the efforts to save the Endangered Sea Turtle species.  This information will be entered into a national data base.  This is how they are able to tell where this mother nested, how many nest and how often she may have nested and if she skips years how many.  They are also able track daughters, siblings if they have nested, just to name a few.
This egg was broken in the nest, and this is what was used for the DNA egg

Great job NMB STP Volunteers in NMB, Briarcliffe and no man's land out walking every day.  They are all the reasons these nests can be found and protected.

All Sea Turtles are endangered, they are federally, and state protected.  Special guidelines, training and permits are required to work with nesting Sea Turtles, Nest, Hatchlings Or stranded Sea Turtles.

If you encounter a Nesting Sea Turtle, Hatchling or stranded Sea Turtle in NMB or Briarcliffe areas please call 


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