Published: Monday, June 4, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Volunteers with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project found the island’s first loggerhead nest during a routine patrol early Monday morning.
“We’ve been waiting a month for this,” said Nancy Busovne, the group’s coordinator. “Normally we start getting them in mid-to-late May, so this is definitely a little on the late side for us.”
The nest, containing 95 eggs, was laid near the tide line, so volunteers relocated the clutch to keep it from washing away, Busovne said.
“We kept it in the same spot, but moved it up a few yards,” she said. “Ninety-five eggs is actually a little on the smaller side. The average clutch is 120, but from the size of the tracks, it looked like a very small turtle, so that’s probably why.”
Since the May 1 start of nesting season, sea turtles have laid an estimated 7,860 eggs in 173 nests along the North Carolina coast.
– Kate Elizabeth Queram