Saturday, July 24, 2010

Postscript to Nest Relocation

In yesterday's post about the excavation and relocation of Gulf Islands National Seashore's first sea turtle nest, I forgot to give you one of the most interesting sidenotes: we have a photo of the mama turtle herself!

Pamela Young, an employee of the National Park Service took this photo of our special turtle who was found disoriented and crawling across Ft. Pickens Road during an attempt to nest on June 4. Pamela stopped traffic and called Gulf Islands National Seashore Bio-tech Vickie Withington to help guide the Kemp's ridley back into the Gulf.

Within a couple of hours this little turtle returned to shore to complete her nesting. Kemp's ridley sea turtles are most rare of the species, but this one takes an even more special place in Gulf Islands National Seashore history and we even have her photo. Our thanks to Pamela for keeping her safe that day...and taking photos!

If you want to read my original post about this Kemp's ridley, you may click HERE.


Novice Naturalist said...

Beautiful turtle, awful location! Makes me shudder to see any animal with blacktop and yellow stripes as a background. I don't know Pamela, but pass along my thanks to her as well!!

Sharon said...

What a lovely post about the turtle nest and then this! Thanks, DJ!!

Annie Patterson said...

wow, she's so pretty! love her coloring.