Thursday, July 28, 2011
The amazing Green sea turtle crawl!
I was not very excited to wake up at 4:15 this morning to the sound of wind howling across the chimney and sheets of rain hitting the bedroom window. Luckily the rain had let up by the time I got to Opal Beach and what an awesome patrol it turned out to be! Not only did I discover my sixth sea turtle nest of the season, but it turned out to be that of a Green! It's the first Green sea turtle nest I've ever found!
The mama turtle's crawl was 41" wide and what a path she made! There were two body pits (eggs were found in the second pit), and there were three loops where she became disoriented afterward, as she tried to make her way back into the Gulf of Mexico. Considering she probably weighed 300 lbs or more, you can imagine how tired this poor mama sea turtle must have been by the time she made her way back into the sea.
By the way, this is the sixth Green sea turtle nest of 2011 season (out of the total 75 nests to date). So far, all of the Greens have nested in the Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.