Oct 10th – Orange Beach last nest
Saturday evening at 6:00 pm arrived with a good sized crowd of onlookers eager to observe the excavation of H-10 – the last nest of the 2015 season for Orange Beach. The Share the Beach volunteers had prepped the nest and cleared the beach of tarp, predator screen and barrier stakes and all was ready. Kathy H made a great little turtle playpen in the sand in anticipation of finding hatchlings. Her optimism payed off as Michelle assisted Lance with the excavation and only 2 inches down found the first live hatchling.
Tina and Jude sorted the hatched egg remnants into egg flats previously provided by Waffle House. Jerrie along with help from Karen and Mark was, as usual busy educating the crowd with all things Loggerhead and providing her delicious turtle cookies to the youngsters in the crowd – regardless of their age.
Penny and Donna assisted with the count and data collection and of course Kathy was in charge of photos.
At the end of the excavation there were 5 live hatchlings (some dug into the side of the nest), one dead, and 7 infertile eggs making for an adjusted final count of 97 total eggs accounted for.
In the gathering darkness a crowd of more than 60 people gathered at waters edge to witness 5 brave little loggerheads enter the Gulf for the first time. The waves took them out on the beginning off their amazing journey as we bid a fond farewell to the 2015 Sea Turtle season in Orange Beach.
Til next time…….