Nest #53 has hatched and been evaluated
105 escaped from the nest
9 alive and released
1 dead pipped
5 no development
120 total eggs
Nest # 51 at Sandestin has hatched and been evaluated.
119 escaped from nest
1 alive and released
1 dead embryo
22 no development
134 total eggs
Erica, Matt, and Laci were checking on the caged nest at Hidden Dunes, bad light problem there, and then went over to check the Sandestin nest. This nest was about to hatch so they sat and watched. While they were sitting 3 different vehicles came onto the beach with there lights on. Clearly a violation of the Walton County Beach Ordinance. Not sure why they there driving on the beach during sea turtle season, and also so close to a marked nest. Surly they know the rules.
One truck was picking up chairs from a wedding, bad planning, this should have been done before dark, and the other truck and ATV we are not sure what they were doing/ Out came the turtles and if the volunteers had not pick up the hatchlings they could have been run over by these trucks.
Not a good time. The volunteers released the hatchlings in a darker area and then caged this nest for further hatchlings.
Nest #49 has hatched and been evaluated and off the beach. This nest was in the west end. The results are not good and we are not sure why…
5 escaped from the nest
97 had no development at all
We had to cage this nest so this was a real shock, after we saw 2 of the hatchlings. We could find no reason for the non development.
The track to nest 46 behind 616 Blue Mountain Road found by Richard Fowlkes. This location is behind the 2nd house to the east of the Seagrade Road walkover in the Blue Mountain Beach subdivision. It is Richard’s 4th nest of the year and would have been his 5th if he wasn’t looking after nests on other beaches! It’s a loggerhead nest and the eggs were found by Richard well back at the toe of the dune. Of course it was not moved. The sea turtle came up and went back to the water on an almost identical track. It’s a beautiful, classic loggerhead crawl and nest. Investigated by Dawn and Richard.
Nest #46 has hatched and been evaluated and is off the beach
Escaped from the nest: 74
Alive in the nest and released: 3
Hatched, but dead in the nest: 2
Dead pipped eggs: 4
Infertile, no obvious embryo: 11
Dead embryo: 1
Total unhatched: 12
Total eggs: 95
Survival percentage: 81%