Pawleys Island

 

 

 

 

Mimi's Cloud Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest 2007
120 Eggs Hatched
 

First Nest 2009

 

We have our first nest on Pawleys.  It is located at 738 Springs.  This nest was moved from 736 Springs.  Patty Perra and Debbie Hannahs found this nest which at the second groin north of the south end parking lot.  104 eggs were relocated.  The nest was below last night’s high tide so it had to be moved.  This was a VERY interesting nest and one all of us learned something from.  There was what appeared to be a clearly defined body pit but the nest was not there.  She came up to the dune, turned around and headed back to the water where we saw what appeared to be the body pit – crescent shaped with scarped area where she appeared to have turned around, flat area where she started her motion back to the ocean, thrown sand – a classic body pit look!!  BUT, as Patty pointed out, this is what a body pit would have looked like it she had been facing toward the dune – according to the tracks,  she was going back into the water and  should have been facing the ocean.  There was some thrown sand between the “body pit” and the dune.  While Patty was probing the “body pit”, Phil casually started probing the area where there was thrown sand but no signs of a body pit.  After 5 probes, he found the chamber.  This goes along with the saying “it may be something different than what is seems to be”!!!  There is always something to learn when it comes to these sea turtles!

 

Second Nest 2009

 We have a new nest at Pawleys.  It was relocated to 406 Myrtle – 4th house north of Seaview Inn.  She laid the eggs at 402 Myrtle – 2nd house north of Seaview Inn.  Her nest was below spring high tide and next to a scarped dune.  It was relocated above spring high tide on the slope of a dune.  The tracks were found by Jo, Carole, and Sue.  Walter probed and found the eggs.   125 eggs were relocated – one egg below the top layer of eggs was broken.   With the broken egg there was a small opening in the top so no contents of egg had gotten out – this egg was also slightly discolored.  The nest is roped off and there is an orange sign.  We are covering the screen with sand so the screen is not visible.  We need to check this nest daily so look for the orange rope and sign and not the screen!!!   There was also a nest at Litchfield Beach and at Litchfield by the Sea in our area last night.  It was a good night for Turtles!!!

 

Loggerhead Turtle Nests

Pawleys Island 2008

 

    Date Laid                           Location                                Eggs                       Size        Hatch Rate            55 Days     Hatched (days)

                                                                          

1.    05-19-08 N                    482 Myrtle                            116                         16/26     82%                      07-13-08   07-26-08    (68) 

 2.   06-02-08 N                    206 Atlantic                         158                         18/29     82%                      07-28-08   08-03-08    (62)   

 3.  06-03-08 N                     510 Myrtle                            113                         16/26     97%                      07-29-08   08-11-08    (69) 

 4.   06-12-08 R                    291 Atlantic                         86                           16/21     90%                      08-06-08   08-13-08    (62) 

 5.   06-13-08 R                    520 Myrtle                            112                         13/23     26%*                    08-07-08   08-16-08    (64)                                                                                                                  

 6.   06-14-08 N                    432 Myrtle                            120                         16/26     80%                      08-08-08   08-23-08    (70) 

 7.   06-16-08 N                    248 Atlantic                         163                         19/26     40%*                    08-10-08   08-16-08    (61)                                                                                                                                *root masses + creek spoil

 8.   06-16-08 R                    178 Atlantic (KEMPS!)      84                           13/24     63%                      08-05-08   08-15-08    (60)

 9.   06-20-08 N                    206 Atlantic                         101                         16/29     95%                      08-14-08  08-16-08     (57)

 10.   06-24-08 R                  268 Atlantic                         94                           16/23     98%                      08-18-08  08-31-08   (68) 

 11.   06-29-08 N                  218 Atlantic                         147                         19/25     95%                      08-23-08  08-30-08    (62)

 12.   06-29-08 R                  574 Myrtle                            90                           11/18     97%                      08-23-08  08-29-08   (61)

13.   07-08-08 N/R              524 Myrtle                            99                           15/26     98%                      09-01-08  09-09-08   (63)                                                moved to 170 Atlantic 

14.   07-09-08 R                   630 Springs                         96                                           98%                      09-02-08  09-10-08   (63) 

15.  07-12-08 N/R               444 Myrtle                            123                         13/22     90%                      09-05-08  09-06-08   (56)                                               moved to 170 Atlantic 

16.  07-13-08 N                    270  Atlantic                        122                         21/25     94%                      09-06-08  09-14-08   (63) 

17.  07-14-08 N                    356 Myrtle                            106                                         94%                      09-07-08  09-14-08   (62) 

18.  07-17-08 N/R               458 Myrtle                            125                                         91%                      09-10-08  09-15-08   (60)                                                moved to 184 Atlantic 

19.  07-22-08 R                    464 Myrtle                            84                           15/21     94%                      09-15-08  09-21-08   (61) 

20.  07-26-08 R                    276 Atlantic                         139                         18/22     95%                      09-19-08  09-29-08   (65)

21.  07-29-08 R                    580 Myrtle                            121                         13/23     98%                      09-22-08  10-01-08   (64)

22.  08-10-08 R                    170 Atlantic                         114                         18/22     82%                      10-04-08  10-20-08   (71)

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Loggerhead Nests Totals: 

Hatching Success:              Natural  91%                      Relocated  96%                   Total  94% 

Incubation Period:               Natural  64 days                  Relocated  63 days               Average Nest Size:    106 eggs

 

A Pawleys Island Sea Turtle Nesting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 2 Months Later the March To The Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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