Technicians and biologists want to leave sea turtle nests as undisturbed as possible in order to protect the eggs. But, the eggs can be harmed if the tides bring the ocean water too close. If a nest is built below or very close to the high tide line, the technician has the option of relocating it to a spot farther from the tide line. This is done as little as possible along the Georgia coast (Georgia Sea Turtle Center), but it is still sometimes necessary. After finding this nest, Anna decides that it needs to be relocated.
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.
When relocating a nest, Anna tries to keep as many variables constant as possible. After putting some of the sand surrounding the original nest in a bucket, she carefully transfers the eggs.
Using sticks to help keep track of the number of eggs, Anna counts out loud.
Egg 100! Finding this egg helps us both to forget the heat of the day and get excited. Loggerheads don’t reproduce every summer, but when they do, they lay multiple nests in a year. Each nest usually has 100 to 120 eggs (NWF). This nest ends up with 128!
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