For those of you who do not know, I am in Swansboro, North Carolina studying the nesting patterns of Loggerhead sea turtles. I began my internship on May 20th and will be continuing until August 5th.
We had our first turtle on Monday June 3 at 1:45 AM. The only problem was it was a false crawl. A false crawl is where the turtle comes up onto the shore, crawls around a bit, but doesn’t lay any eggs. Since this siting, we have not had any turtles come up to nest. This could be due to the not so perfect weather we have been having in the area resulting in low water temperatures.
Within the next few days we should have our first turtle, especially since we had our first false crawl! It is uncomfortable for the female turtles to hold onto all of those eggs. I will keep everyone posted on the progress of my internships! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Posted on June 5th, 2013 by danicagray12
Filed under: Danica Gray