NEVER PUSH OR ATTEMPT TO ASSIST STRANDED ANIMALS BACK TO THE WATER! More harm can be done and it is illegal without proper permits. 


2012: Nest #91

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS, MY DREAMS CAME TRUE AND IN THE WEST END. YES OH, YES, A GREEN. CHECK THE TRACKS, AND I HAD THEM FIND THE EGGS, SEE HOW MUCH THEY HAD TO DIG. BETWEEN WHALES AND P. JOES. 7-29-2012 SORRY ERICA, NOT YESTERDAY. NOW SWTWG HAS HAD 4 OF THE 5 NESTING SEA TURTLES IN FLORIDA, IN ONE YEAR HOW ABOUT THAT, NEST #91. WE ARE THE CHAMPS

UPDATE:
Erica got caught in the Marathon traffic and was a few minutes late to check the green this morning, about 6:45, only to find that the nest had hatched moments before, ugh, with lots of tire tracks and hatchling tracks going all over she called me and I called Dawn and Karen, and away I went, well, each of us got caught in the Marathon Traffic, the folks were out of the water and onto bicycles, Dawn had to go check nest #94 at 4 Mile, which Erica was going to do next, she got caught in stopped traffic and turned around and went home, Karen and I did make it, and by the time we got onto the beach, Erica had found 9 hatchlings, and had them in her pillow case, she had talked to some people who watched it hatch just as she was coming down the beach, we had to walk a ways to get to the nest. In this area we have lighting problems and yes, the hatchlings we every way and were all over, she even had to dig them out of crab holes. We followed tracks, up to the street walkovers and into the dune vegetation, what fun.We did find two more hatchlings tho. I talked to one women with bad lights and ask her to please change her lights, the women who had changed their lights said they got the new fixtures very cheaply. With the lighting problem and cat problem we have in that area, we decided to dig the nest in the nice hot sun. Oh my, but we needed to and we were so glad we did. The top of the eggs were down about 35 inches, and we found 2 live before we got to the eggs. The bottom of the nest was so deep Erica had to stand on her head to dig, she could stand in the hole and it was up to her breast. The last hatchling we found was way at the very bottom. Poor thing was all curled up, it had been trying to go into the side of the sand and one flipper was curled under and so was it’s head, We worked with him tho and he is going to be fine. The ladies got us some water and we still are alive, altho I did not think I was until I got home and had coffee and breakfast, do you think I am not as young as I was, no way. Many, many thanks to Erica and Karen for all their efforts and Dawn for checking the nest. After all of this time we on the west end still have one more Loggerhead nest on the beach. But life in wonderful and 65 more Green hatchlings are going to grow up and come back to see our Walton County Beaches. Notice the difference when you look at the pictures, greens have a very white, white belly and also a white fringe around the flippers and the flippers are longer

Nest #91
60 escaped from the nest
5 alive and release at night
53 non hatched eggs
8 dead embryos
126 total
52 % success which is about correct for green……Hip Hip Hurrah

,