We interrupt Fall Harvests & Halloween Treats for a Turtle Update and an overdue Thank You. . .
Loggerhead Nesting Season is officially over ~with an ALL time record of 68 nests for Harbor Island, South Carolina’s three-mile stretch of beach.
I shared my Loggerhead Love here followed by more love at the table.
SEATURTLE.ORG and the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System reported Harbor Island’s turtle nesting season results:
In Situ: 18
Relocated: 50 (73.5%)
Lost: 4 (5.8%)
False Crawls: 59
Estimated Eggs to Date: 6432
Eggs Lost: 858 (13.3%)~ primarily to foxes
Hatched Eggs: 3633
Emerged Hatchlings: 3401
Mean Incubation Duration (all): 56.5 days
Mean Clutch Count: 95.1 eggs (Relocated Only)
Mean Hatch Success: 47.5%
Mean Emergence Success: 44.7%
Nest Success: 79.4%
Beach Success: 53.5%
Loggerhead Sea Turtles lay an average of 120 ping-pong shaped eggs~ each with a “dimple” to provide a cushioned “bounce” for a safe landing in the nest.
Convenient~ since I just so happened to have a surplus of ping-pong sized Halloween candy~ one with its own dimple :)
Thank you to my friend Jain, for providing me with a little Loggerhead-Halloween fun!
I’m always inspired~ Seaing what washes ashore your way :)