OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #2
UPDATE 24 AUGUST 2015: NEST #2 EXCAVATION
Usually, 72 hours after a nest has a big boil of hatchlings, we excavate it to take an inventory. With a thorough examination we document the findings for research. Since many of the turtles made their journey to the sea without the watchful eyes of NEST volunteers, everyone wondered just how many eggshells were beneath the sand.
We especially like to know how “successful” a nest is. And, with nests that were left in situ, we finally find out how many eggs the female turtle laid. We also always hope that there is a live turtle for all of the visitors to see up close. Great news—in this nest we found 114 empty egg shells, one undeveloped egg, seven dead turtles out of their shells and and two live logger hatchlings. What a great success rate! 114 hatchlings developed and pipped their eggs. WOW! I hope that all of our nests are this successful.