Hobcaw: Martha was joined by Debbie this morning and they had 2 crawls! The first was just south #2mm (boneyard) with the body pit right in the wrack line. There was a definite difference in the crawl lengths and thrown sand. They walked on to find another crawl south #14mm with the same characteristics. They returned from the inlet and the decision was made to let Carolyn and Marie (and later, Anita) take care of the crawl at #2mm while Martha and Debbie worked on the one at #14mm. Debbie probed, located the chamber of HOB10. She sent all the nest data/photos…great experience!

Carolyn was glad to have her first nest of the season and located the egg chamber of HOB11. She realized it needed to be relocated as it was low and vulnerable to wash overs. The nest was small (only 70 eggs) which could indicate health of turtle. Some eggs were elongated and some ran on a string. These “spacer eggs” are the turtle first or last effort and have no yolk. They are not included in the count. The original nest had a high clay content. They relocated the nest to just north #2mm to the slant of the dune. After probing, locating and relocating the nest, Carolyn now feels proficient for training new volunteers…good job!

DEB 15 HOB 11 SCUTE 68 SC 1741

6-15-21 The crawl difference told Martha and Debbie that this turtle spent some time on the beach. The body pit and thrown sand were other clues.
6-15-21 Debbie, working toward certification, located the egg chamber and protected the HOB10!
6-15-21 This crawl also had high nest potential. While Martha and Debbie took care of HOB10, Carolyn and team went to probe this crawl.
6-15-21 Carolyn decided to relocate this nest because it was low and right at the wrack line. When nests get washed over too often, it suffocates the eggs.
6-15-21 HOB11 was a small nest and had some strange eggs. Some were elongated and some ran on a string and are called spacer eggs.
6-15-21 Anita, Debbie and Marie look on as Carolyn relocates only 62 eggs into a nest with better incubating habitat.
6-15-21 The HOB11 relocation team was tired but knew they had given the nest a better chance to develop and have healthy hatchlings!