This morning through the blizzard of no-seeums, we found two nests to make our total 29. Later this morning, Jon called me after coming across a potential nest on the beach. We were done our morning patrol early this morning, so she could have come after we were done. However, I figure we must have missed seeing her crawl. She came up into really soft sand, hiding her tracks, and she must have come up during high tide. Her body pit was very much disguised as well.
Jon came across it while driving the beach and notified me. Nicole and I relocated the nest extremely carefully and Jon made the new egg chamber on higher ground. There is a potential tropical storm that may hit us Sunday and this nest was already on the high tide line, so a relocation was necessary.
We are definitely going to be driving much slower and keeping our eyes peeled on the dry sand for tracks. It was upsetting missing a nest but I am thankful we now have it protected.
Sea Turtle Biologist