Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

June 29, 2011

more sea turtles

more big mamma turtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs.

a couple nights ago, these are a few of their tracks.

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they try to get farther inland, but they can not negotiate this two foot bank

in this case, she dug a large hole at the edge bank

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the turtle patrol collects many of the turtle eggs and buries them in this sanctuary

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at first glance, you might think it is a cemetery

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Each batch of eggs have a marker.

Number of batches collected, Date collected, military time collected, Specie

Number of eggs collected, Size  of Turtle and location

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Interesting info from the 54 signs:

Earliest collection = May 14, 2011

Most eggs collected from one momma = 171

Least amount of eggs collected from one momma = 25

Over half of the collections had resulted in more that 130 eggs being collected

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Our family was on the  beach last night to watch the big turtles come ashore.

It started about midnight and continued until after 3:00 am.

Our grandson, Garrett, had the experience of helping the ‘turtle patrol’ collect eggs.

One big momma dug a hole about the size of your dinner table and about three feet deep.

Once she started laying the eggs,  the attendants allowed Garrett to reach in

the hole and retrieve the eggs.

She laid 101 eggs.

Once finished she returned to the sea.

The process took her about three hours.

It was neat to stand beside a big sea turtle.

The ‘turtle patrol’ would not allow photos to be taken.

They thought the flash would disturb them.

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