Hilary, our intern, had her first patrol on Sunday. Unfortunately there was no turtle activity but on Monday we had our share of turtle work!
On Monday morning we encountered three false crawls and two turtle nests. The two nests were no textbook turtle nests either. Both of the sea turtles laid their eggs and then proceeded to crawl over the body pit, hiding the location of the eggs. After a lot of searching, Hilary found the eggs for nest #02 and I found the eggs for nest #03. These turtles did a great job of pulling themselves up the steep escarpment to find a safe area to nest so no relocation was necessary.
Today we had another busy morning. We came across a false crawl and two nests. We had better luck in quickly locating the eggs! This brings our nest count to five.
We are looking forward to what the rest of the week has in store.
Our other intern, Nicole Lynch, will be arriving tomorrow!
Sea Turtle Biologist