OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #5

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #5

UPDATE 24 AUGUST 2015: RARE DAYTIME BOIL AT NEST 5!

On Day 51, the NEST volunteers at Nest #5 in Duck, NC were treated to the most amazing turtle emergence they had ever seen. After watching a sinkhole for two days, we got a call in the afternoon that the hole appeared to be deeper. By the time we arrived at 6:00PM, it was no longer deeper; instead, it had mounded up in the center. That is our clue that the hatchlings are near the top and ready to begin their life at sea.

“Turtle Whisperer” Sarah Dilley talked to the turtles under the sand and asked them to hold off their emergence until we were better prepared to assist them. We quickly got a runway cleared, installed ropes to keep people off of the wet sand and got our cameras ready. We were also concerned about the number of birds around the nest site. We know that, if the turtles emerge in the daylight, the birds are a problem. Luckily we had two wonderful visitors who ran home to get bread. They took their bread way down the beach and lured the birds away from our little turtles.

At 6:50PM they boiled. What a wonderful vision for all to see. A daylight boil is a nester’s dream. This is a bucket list experience of any nature lover, and to be able to witness it in the daylight is the ultimate.

On Day 51, the NEST volunteers at Nest #5 in Duck, NC were treated to the most amazing turtle emergence they had ever seen. After watching a sinkhole for two days, we got a call in the afternoon that the hole appeared to be deeper. By the time we arrived at 6:00PM, it was no longer deeper; instead, it had mounded up in the center. That is our clue that the hatchlings are near the top and ready to begin their life at sea.

“Turtle Whisperer” Sarah Dilley talked to the turtles under the sand and asked them to hold off their emergence until we were better prepared to assist them. We quickly got a runway cleared, installed ropes to keep people off of the wet sand and got our cameras ready. We were also concerned about the number of birds around the nest site. We know that, if the turtles emerge in the daylight, the birds are a problem. Luckily we had two wonderful visitors who ran home to get bread. They took their bread way down the beach and lured the birds away from our little turtles.

At 6:50PM they boiled. What a wonderful vision for all to see. A daylight boil is a nester’s dream. This is a bucket list experience of any nature lover, and to be able to witness it in the daylight is the ultimate. For more photos, please see the slideshow on the next page.