Nest Closing

posted: August 17, 2022, 2:49 PM

Closing or Inventorying a nest is done three days after the nest has boiled. At that time the team digs into the nest in search of any hatchlings that may be trapped. The egg shells are counted to determine the number of hatchlings. There may also be undeveloped eggs in the nest. This is a popular event on the beach because frequently a few hatchlings can be seen heading to the water. When the closing is over, the area is cleared of all equipment. This was nest #20 that closed Tuesday August 9. 94 empty egg shells were found, 4 undeveloped eggs and 7 hatchlings went into the ocean.
**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Holden Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST11)**

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