OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #10
Nest #10 – Ocean Sands NC – 4 July 2015
Nest #10 is full of “Yankee Doodle” turtles, as it was laid on the 4th of July. On the first night of nest sitting, junior NEST volunteer Maria Tucker was assisted by Anthony and Avery Rausch (visitors from New Jersey), and their cousin Henry Shaffer (from Pennsylvania) as they prepared a runway for the emerging hatchlings. Anthony plans to use this time as credit toward earning a Cub Scout badge for conservation.
With the full moon and high surf of the past three nights, visitors and volunteers have worked frantically fighting back the high tides. There have been washovers and tidal pools. During incubation, slight washovers can actually help the nest. The washover brings the water table up. When the water table recedes, it draws oxygen into the nest. But, a major washover after the turtles have pipped their eggs but not emerged can be a disaster. Once the turtles are out of the eggs, they need to breathe like you and I. If water inundates the nest, the turtles can drown. The absolutely wonderful visitors helped to drain a tidal pool that was encroaching on the nest and runway.