Sea Turtle

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

Members of the Turtle Watch Organization found the first turtle nest of the season about 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. Volunteers found the nest off Thomas Drive. It was 18 inches deep, 10 inches wide and contained 104 eggs.

The nest was pretty close to the water, so the workers moved it farther up shore. It took them about three hours to locate all of the eggs and transfer them.

"Our nesting season starts May 1st, so this is about the time we start seeing our first nests, this nest was laid close to the water so it was relocated higher on the beach, but in the same vicinity the nest will start being monitored for the hatchling in 50 days."

Turtle Watch members marked the nest with orange tape. It will be the first of about 20 nests they'll monitor to determine nesting patterns.

If you run across any sea turtle nests, don't touch them, that's against the law. Instead, call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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