Gordon’s Surprise for Alabama Point
About 5:40 am Ellen & Beverly called in a false crawl between Middle and short boardwalks. It was raining and the lightening was very visible. I checked it out and deemed false crawl #2. It was the same width as the one on June 5th. I went home and attempted to dry off and grab a cup of coffee. Gale called so excited. She had a crawl and obvious thrown sand. I hurried to the beach as Gale was texting the team. It appeared to be a classic crawl—-yep-26 inches. We waited for those who responded and marked the nesting area off. When George arrived he graciously offered to finish the patrol in the rain and thunder. He soon came running back and announced he had found a crawl just West of where we were digging. I checked and found two mounds of thrown sand. George continued on and I went back to the first location to help locate eggs. We dug and dug for over an hour and nothing. We gathered up materials and went to crawl #3. I marked off and the team began the search. They explored mound to mound as I went back to #2 to search some more. Minutes later Susie came running. She had found eggs!!!!!!! Through out the adventures we were battling the storms and we looked like wet ducks! The smiles on our faces said it all. It was bittersweet to have to leave the nest where Mama laid it. (new Permit requirement) Mama laid only 13 feet from the wrack line. The eggs visible were very small and pink in color.
Many thanks to Ms. Gross and father Jack. They adopted a nest last year and will be adopting this one. Jack was in a very bad accident and was determined to vacation here again just to see a turtle nest! That determination aided in his recovery.
Thanks to Rick, Susie, Gale , George, Ellen, & Mary for all the expert help this morning. Go Team!
Keep the Faith,