The wonderful photos below were taken by one of our visitors - Chris Kirk. Thanks again for sharing.
These hatchlings are from Nest 30. Released 8-23-12. I am also including the link to a short video (9 seconds) that I uploaded to YouTube
Note on the first picture how she crossed over her incoming track. It doesn't show up very well, but in the second picture, she came up on the right side, hit the rack, scalloped out a little and then went over the step before giving up and heading out. The last picture is a good illustration of why people are asked to remove everything from the beach at night.
These are photos Rick shared with me. He took these on Thursday evening, the night before the Irene high tides - August 2011
Hurricane Irene related high tides - August 2011.
Jill shared these pictures with us.
These photos were shared by Shanna, one of our visitors. Her son Hayden was one of our really good helpers. He assisted Fran and I with whatever we asked him to do.
July 23 and August 9, 2011
These photos were taken on Wednesday morning, July 20, 2011. Jeff and Xena, the wonder dog, were nice enough to share them with us. Yes, all of those specks in the water are hatchlings. There was a mass release because foxes had discovered that the nest was hatching.
These pictures were taken the morning of June 20, 2011. This female had nested at about 3 AM and still had not made it back to the water by 6 AM. You will see that our island maintenance crew eventually began dousing her with water. This seemed to help rejuvenate her and she finally made it out around 8:30. In the first picture, she has only gone about half way from her nest to the water.
Loggerhead Hatchling Video - July 18, 2010 Harbor Island, South Carolina
Loggerhead Hatchlings from Nest 4 - July 24, 2010 Harbor Island, South Carolina
This video is from the 2009 Turtle Season
This is the female that came ashore on May 31. Many thanks to John Fisk for sharing these photos. These are his comments about the event. "Atwe found a crawl and a nest which upon later probing proved to be with eggs. One was harvested for DNA sampling. Before the nest was probed we saw a logger head about one hundred yards away crawling across the sand spit. She was lethargic but uninjured. She did have quite a growth of sea weed on her carapace. In her crawl was an egg lying on the sand again about one hundred yards from the nest. Upon returning to the nest we found a large egg lying on the surface in the sand. The egg found in her crawl and the large egg where saved and labeled for later DNA sampling."