Another storm skirts by us on St. George Island
OK, well today is catch-up day for this St. George Island blog. We've had 2 storms in 2 weeks skirt us by. Both passed by well to our south, but sent us high tides and moderate bayside surges.
Ike was like a great big old man in a bathtub, displacing so much water in our shallow gulf that it had no choice but to slop up over the rim and fill in all the low places on the bayside of the island. It stayed up for a couple of days, through several high tides and not very low tides, before finally moving on out.
On St. George Island's beach side, we lost most of the late season sea turtle nests we had left. I had 3 left on my mile of beach that were up on the high dunes, and one has since hatched. Two still to go.
Dog Island lost all of their remaining late season nests.
All in all, we still are having a great year for nesting on St. George Island, and we expect to lose sea turtle nests every year to storm surges and high tides, it's just a matter of when. Late in the season like this is actually not so bad.
Anyway here are the beginnings of odd things I've found on the beach at St. George Island after the high surf of the past few weeks:
Top: Our mid-beach dunes were scoured down to nothing, taking all the sea turtle nests that were located there, but sand actually piled up against our higher dunes - I thought the line of this new sand dune against the fencing was just mesmerizing.
Middle: This irridescent shell was catching the dawn light just right. Wish I were a better photographer.
Bottom: This is a bit of spongy coral (might be just a type of sponge?). It loses its color pretty quickly - no need to take this one home, I've found...