128 eggs! This is a large nest, and it’s time to find a good spot to make their new nest.
As we go through this journey, you can keep track of this season’s turtle nests in Georgia at seaturtle.org. Remember, sea turtles are protected by federal law. If you see a turtle or a nest on the beach, do not disturb it by keeping your distance and by not shining lights at or around it.
Anna sets out to find a spot for the new nest. It should be farther from the high tide line, but as still fairly close to the original nest.
As she digs a new nest, she tries to mimic the shape and size of the original nest. It is similar to the shape of “an upside-down lightbulb” (Georgia Sea Turtle Center).
Anna carefully sets the eggs in the man-made nest, even making sure that each egg has a spot in the nest similar to its spot in the original nest. Eggs that were originally in the bottom of the nest are placed in the bottom of the new nest. Eggs originally at the top stay at the top.
Anna then seals off the nest by putting careful pressure on each layer of sand. Nests are subject to many predators – shorebirds, crabs, raccoons, hogs, and more – who can find the nest with their sense of smell (Georgia Sea Turtle Center).
To keep the predators from detecting the nest too easily, Anna takes any leftover sand from the original nests out to the ocean. The process of relocation is complete, but there is still work to complete with this nest.
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