Gordon’s Surprise for Alabama Point
June 15: From Jan (Laguna Key Team Lead)
Tag team reported turtle on the beach at 2:00 am Called Kathy A. and texted Matt B. Kathy arrived while Momma was still nesting. She was a good size gal. Track width was 39″, thought to weigh 250 lbs. Her rear left flipper had been injured and there was evidence of damage to her carapace. This gal crawled almost 100′ up into the dune. She dug a chamber, but her flipper was making contact with a sand fence, so she left that spot and crawled another 12′ and made her nest. She tore up the sea oats digging. She crawled in along east side of sand fence and crawled out along west side. Beautiful set of tracks. Congratulations to
Gabriela for finding the eggs. Momma did a good job digging, and so did the team. […Clip,,,] She was flipper tagged in 2011, recaptured in 2014, and was going to get a satellite tag last night. Going to try to find out all I can about her previous tagging. This will be one very long trench / tarp. Hopeful the sea oats do not invade too badly and the fire ants don’t find this nest.
We have 5 nests within 9-10 lots. This is a very popular nesting area this year.
Ken was walking 3. Didn’t expect to find anything. Well, wrong. FC 7 […clip…] with a width of 36″. Momma came in and crawled in a half circle 8′ from water right back in. [Farther on] he found B14, track width 36″. Thinking this is the same turtle. She crawled 62′ in from DHT line. No need to relocate. Also, tag team saw her or at least the nest as they marked it, but there was no report or evidence they corralled her. Did not make a note as to who found the eggs.
That’s 11 nest since the June 1st. Gotta be a record for LK [Laguna Key]. BIG THANK YOU to Claude & Betty who have offered the use of their house for nesting sitting parking and shelter.
Thank you ALL who responded to the ALL CALL. Many hands are a blessing.