September 17, 2017 - Inventory Results - Miracle #3!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: Last night we did the inventory of Relocated DEB38 dated 7/21 located 118 yds. south of Walkway #6. This nest made it through Hurricane Irma and Suzette spotting 5 tracks on Wednesday. We did the inventory with Beth digging and Susan, Kathi A., Kathy C. and Carolyn assisting. This was originally a large nest of 157 eggs but only a total of 60 were recovered. 30 of those were eggshells indicating hatched turtles. We reburied a number of eggs that were in the process of hatching and will check daily for any tracks. We think H. Irma swiped about 18 in. of sand from this area and we found the bottom portion of the nest. The miracle was Beth brought out an egg and the the turtle was hatching! When it was fully out of it's shell, we noticed it had a very pretty, light tan carapace. It became quite active and wasted no time crawling to the ocean! This gives us hope of finding more "missing" nests and is a testament to the heartiness of loggerheads! See video of hatchling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHFyEvhRe0

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 221   SC 5200


September 15, 2017 - Inventory Saturday at 5:30!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: We will inventory Relocated DEB38 dated 7/21 located 118 yds. south of Walkway #6 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (note time change). This is a large nest that survived Hurricane Irma and began hatching Wednesday. Suzette found 5 tracks out of the nest but we have not seen any since. This morning Beth found egg shells on top of the nest likely brought out by crabs. We will know the effect of tidal inundation when we dig out the contents. The loss of sand left the eggs very close to the surface. We will prepare for the worst but hope for the best!

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 221   SC 5200


September 14, 2017 - Miracle #2 - Inventory Results!

Middle: Late yesterday afternoon, several volunteers met to try and locate Relocated DEB36 dated 7/13 located 10 yds. south of Walkway #3. The inventory was scheduled for Sunday, the 10th but postponed due to the weather. Hurricane Irma removed our sign marking the nest. Using GPS coordinates, photos and probing, we finally located the chamber and were able to do inventory! It had a very impressive hatch success of 94%! There were no live hatchlings to release. This gives us hope of locating other "missing" nests:)

 


September 13, 2017 - Miracle #1!!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle:  We have put out orange survey flags marlking the approximate locations of our nests that are "missing". This morning Suzette found tracks and an egg on the beach from Relocated DEB38 south of 118 yds. Walkway #6!! Hurricane Irma removed a lot of sand from our beach and this nest is very shallow. We piled some sand on top hoping to prevent a daytime hatch. We will do this inventory Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (note time change). We will also keep hoping for more miracles!!

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 221   SC 5200


September 12, 2017 - Post Hurricane Irma Update

Debordieu SCUTE

We were fortunate that Hurricane Irma did minimal damage at DeBordieu & Hobcaw and came later in our nesting season. There were 18 nests remaining to hatch on DeBordieu and Hobcaw. All screens and stakes had been removed to minimize supplies getting into the environment. Only our signs marked the nests. All nest signs on the North (4) and Middle (4) are "missing". This does not mean the nests are gone. We will be monitoring these locations for signs of hatching activity. There are 4 nests "missing" on Hobcaw and 6 with signs still in the original locations. We will pray for some small miracles!

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 221   SC 5200


September 08, 2017 - Inventory Tonight at 6:00 p.m.!

Middle: We will inventory Natural DEB33 dated 7/11 located just south of Walkway #9 at 6:00 p.m. tonight.

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 221   SC 5199


September 07, 2017 - RESULTS OF 2 INVENTORIES!!!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: We did the inventory of Relocated DEB37 dated 7/15 located just north of Walkway #11 with a small group watching. John did the digging, handing contents to Pat and Kathy C. He pulled out a total of 5 hatchlings ready to go swimming! The turtles were put on the beach and had a tough time in the incoming tide. Kathy C. finally walked a few past the first breakers. The success was a very good 92%!

We next did the inventory of Natural DEB31 dated 7/10 located at Walkway #12. Jane dug out the contents with Walter and Carolyn assisting. We noticed the eggs were larger than ususal and then she brought out a hatchling! This was no loggerhead but a GREEN SEA TURTLE!! Another turtle was hatching out of it's shell and became quite active crawling around in the bucket. Greens are larger than loggerheads, gray-green in color, have white margins around their longer flippers and a white plastron (belly). Their scute pattern on their carapace (shell) is different from a loggerhead's. There have been 15 green nests in SC this season all on the North Coast! It was quite exciting to see these greens and a great photo op (more in Photo Gallery 60). The success was 72%.


September 06, 2017 - Inventory Results!

Middle: Tonight we did the inventory of Relocated DEB35 dated 7/11 located 45 yds. south of Walkway #6. This nest had to be relocated on 8/28 as the eggs were spilling out onto the beach due to scarping by a strong nor'easter. We were interested to see how the nest did after being relocated so far into incubation. Kathy C. spoke to the small,  interested group as Walter dug out the nest handing the contents to Suzette and Judie E. to sort/count. Happily, this nest had a very good 89% success rate of the eggs that were relocated! There were no live hatchlings remaining in the nest but all were encouraged to attend Thursday night's double-header inventories at 6:00 p.m. beginning with DEB37 located just north of Walkway #11.


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