The longest crawl yet
This is the new sea turtle crawl I found this morning on my dawn patrol walk. This mama crawled over 100 feet, all the way up to the dune, and dug her nest in among the sea oats. (That's my back pack to the right of the turtle nest.)
It took me a while to find the nest chamber and the egg clutch, but it was there. You can just see a couple of the tops of the eggs in the nest chamber. That's as far as we dig - just enough to verify that there are eggs, and locate the nest chamber.
We don't move the eggs, or alter the nest in any way once we locate the egg clutch - we simply mark the site, as succinctly as possible, and leave it just as close as possible to the way the mother turtle made it.
Fifty-five to sixty days from now, we'll hopefully see the hatchling tracks that are miniatures of the ones shown here, leaving the nest site and tracking back down that dune and to the water. A dawn discovery of hatchling tracks is the way we typically know that the nest has hatched and the babies have emerged.