Waiting...still waiting

posted: July 11, 2021, 2:10 PM

Our Turtle Patrol teams have begun "watching" nests in the evenings. This means it is at least 50 days since the nesting turtle laid her eggs. Typically eggs hatch within 50-60 days, but early in the season (because of cooler weather) it may take longer. Teams have been watching nests 1 and 2 for at least 12 days.....nothing yet. So far no nests have hatched on Holden Beach this season (or in NC).

But, nesting turtles are still active overnight. Currently we have 48 nests on our beach. This is a photo of the crawl on Saturday morning (July 10) the mother turtle wandered a little before deciding upon a spot. It was a good spot and the morning team (pictured here looking for the eggs) left the nest where she laid it (nest #45). It should hatch the last week in August.

Don't forget Children's Turtle Time and Turtle Talk will be July 14, July 21, July 18 and August 4 at the Holden Beach Chapel.

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