Turtle Patrol Report Week Ending June 14

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
June continues to bring us crawls and nests. This morning we had four crawls and eventually three new nests, numbers 22, 23, and 24.

Tory Kindley first called about a dead shark on the beach just north of Boardwalk 3. The Beach Patrol was contacted and either they or the tide will remove the animal. A few minutes later Tory called in a crawl about 50 yards south of Boardwalk 5. Mike Vinson was dispatched to probe and found Nest 22. The nest was left in situ.

Turtle nest #23 June 2020.jpgWalkers Ruby Jenkins and Pam Salvestrini called in the next crawl about 200 feet north of the trash can on North Beach. Judy Morr probed the six body pits but could not find any eggs and marked this as a false crawl. Further down the beach near the birding area, Ruby and Pam found another crawl. Bill and Eilleen Middleton investigated and found the nest. They relocated the 103 eggs of Nest 23 to about 220 yards north of the trash can.

Vicky and Bob Becker found our fourth crawl behind the yellow house just north of the Club. Mike Vinson also probed this one and found Nest 24. It was left in situ.

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Turtle Nest #25 June 2020Carol Ann Hoffman, walking alone, hit the jackpot today. She first called with a meandering crawl just short of the lagoon. The Middletons responded and probed three body pits in wind-blown sand but finally had to declare it a false crawl. Carol Ann continued her walk and called again with two crawls around the curve at the spit, near the Dolphin Watch equipment box. Both looked promising. Judy Morr, with Dean Morr’s assistance, responded to the first one and Mike Vinson to the second. The first crawl had a definite longer out crawl and the tail drag on the in crawl was deeper. There HAD to be a nest. There were two body pits with thrown rack between them. Nest 25 was below the thrown rack. The mama had indeed lost weight…there were 144 eggs in the nest. The eggs were moved to 200 yards north of the trash can on North Beach. Carol Ann said in her several years of walking, she’s had false crawls before but this is her first nest.

Friday, June 12, 2020
Turtle nest #27 June 2020.jpegIt was a busy morning on the beach! Sandi MacCoss called first with a crawl 400 yards south of Boardwalk 2. Bill Greubel responded and found Nest 26. The 132 eggs were moved back and 10 yards north to a safer location.

J-Anna Smith reported a crawl just north of the trash can on North Beach. Valerie and Mark Doane probed and found Nest 27 which was left in situ.

Sunday, June 14, 2020
All of our Walkers enjoyed the beautiful cool morning on the beach, and we added one more nest.

Nest #28 - 20Josh and Amanda Shilko reported a crawl on North Beach near the spit. It was probed by Valerie and Mark Doane but no eggs were found and it was identified as a false crawl.

A short time later Karen Sewell found a crawl directly behind the 5th house past the Club. Bill and Eileen Middleton probed and found the eggs. Nest 28 was left in situ.

Walkers LuAnn and Ron Sweeny found a LARGE hole north of Boardwalk 6. The Beach Patrol was notified. A picture of Amanda Shilko shows the size of the excavation.

large hole on the beach June 2020

-Submitted by Gary Falser

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