Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The last hatchling
Twenty-two days after we expected them to emerge, a few tiny hatchlings of PB8201 were rescued by Gulf Islands National Seashore bio-techs (one a marine biologist) who assessed the nest this morning.
Not many of the eggs/hatchlings survived, but considering the storms which battered this nest, soaked it in salt water, and buried it under several feet of sand, it's a miracle any survived.
A few eggs were taken in to be candled, perhaps still to hatch when warmed in a quiet environment. If not, this little fellow still emerging from the egg will the be last hatchling of the 2008 season on Pensacola Beach.
I can't account for the pinkish cast to the sand except that it was taken not long after sunrise.
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