There were similarities in some of the crawls today with barnacle scrapes and crawl patterns up to the high base of the dunes. We hope that after a couple of false crawls to the south, the North had the successful nesting.
North: Pat O. subbed for Lourdes and had Debbie join her. They had 2 false crawls and a nest which Debbie located, probed and located, sent all nest data and photos…nicely done Debbie!
DEB35 Natural north #12mm up on dune
DEBFC39 south #8mm turtle crawled up into dunes and looped back around and returned
DEBFC40 south #13mm turnaround at base of dunes
Middle: Pat St., who has longed for a Middle nest, had 2 crawls this morning. One was a loopy U turn false crawl, the other tried in 2 different areas to nest at the scarp of the dune. There were coyote tracks throughout the crawl. We wonder if the coyote scared off the turtle? Probing efforts yielded no chamber location. https://youtube.com/shorts/hwRZVJSc1yM?feature=share
DEBFC37 south WW#10 loopy U turn
DEBFC38 south WW#3 turtle made 2 attempts at dune scarp
Hobcaw: Susan had a crawl up into the vegetation at #3mm. She felt the turtle came up, started to dig but was visited by a coyote (?). She then went back to the water to again crawl up over her previous tracks to the grasses. There was matted down grasses but none uprooted and no body pit or thrown sand.
HOBFC53 at #3mm turnaround in grasses
DEB 35 HOB 26 SCUTE 164 SC 5636