We had our first inventory of nest#1. Our first nest hatched on the evening of July 8th. We documented this during dawn patrol on July 9th. We had the first documented hatching in the state!
After a nest has hatched we wait 3-5 days to do the inventory, to let any other hatchlings make their way to the ocean.
The inventory consists of digging into the nest to document the success. We count the egg shells, the un-hatched eggs, dead hatchlings, and sometimes there are alive hatchlings stuck in the nest. Nest#1 was a very large nest! There were 135 hatched eggs, 26 un-hatched, 1 dead hatchling and 3 alive hatchlings! We documented our inventory, see below for a video!
Sea Turtle Biologist