Activity on the Beach

posted: May 19, 2015, 6:20 PM

We've had some turtle activity on our beach, but so far, no nests. On May 6 the early morning patrol found two false crawls. This means the mother turtle came ashore but did not make a nest or lay the eggs. Tropical storm Ana came through right after that and we haven't seen any new tracks since. The storm changed the beach leaving large escarpments and drop offs at the end of many walkways.

The same week the stranding team was busy with Toby (see photo). A tiny 3 lb Kemp's Ridley who decided to snack on a tasty looking piece of bait on a hook and ended with the hook in his tongue. Rescued by the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol, this little guy was taken to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail and eventually went up to see Dr. Harms at CMAST in Morehead City. Fortunately the hook was easily removed. The turtle fat and healthy, was released, and is now back in the big blue! Keep swimming little cutie but don't look for any more easy meals!

We're still waiting for that first nest!

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