Busy night for mother turtles

posted: June 12, 2022, 12:12 PM

Last night was a busy night for mother turtles on Holden Beach and a busy morning for Turtle Patrol members.
The morning rider found seven different crawls (tracks of mother turtles) on the beach this morning. Teams found eggs at four of these nests and the other three were determined to be false crawls. Maybe they knew that June 12 was Loggerhead Sea Turtle Day. https://www.seaturtleweek.com/

Today's rider and a few lucky vacationers were able to watch a mother turtle finish laying her nest and crawl back into the water at dawn. A team was called out to search for these eggs and trainee Rhonda found them within a few minutes. This was her first nest. Yeah! This nest was too close to the high tide line, so 98 eggs were moved back further on the beach.

Reminder...Turtle Talk and Children's Turtle Time will begin in two weeks on Wednesday June 29. Children's Turtle Time is a program for 3,4,5 and 6 year olds turtle lovers. There will be age appropriate crafts, songs, activities and stories. This program is at 4 pm at the Holden Beach Chapel. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Turtle Talk will also be starting on June 29 at 7 pm at the Holden Beach Chapel. This program is for the entire family and will share information about the sea turtles that nest on Holden Beach.

Both programs are free of charge. Children's Time runs June 29 through August 3 and Turtle Talks will be held June 29- August 17--every Wednesday.

HBTP is an volunteer, nonprofit conservation organization that operates under the authority of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST11).

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