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« Reply #30 on: 26-Aug-09, 05:23:44 AM »

Just looked and I don't even see the wind today  ???
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« Reply #31 on: 26-Aug-09, 07:01:21 AM »

Did they hatch.......did I miss it??? Go do a load of laundry and I see tracks and holes in sand.....hmmm  Shocked
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« Reply #32 on: 26-Aug-09, 07:10:36 AM »

something just crawled out - don't know what - look now
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« Reply #33 on: 26-Aug-09, 07:13:37 AM »

something just crawled out - don't know what - look now

It was a crab, the guy moved it out of the way. I think this is a new nest....the sand looks whiter..what do you think janet?
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« Reply #34 on: 26-Aug-09, 09:36:52 AM »

something just crawled out - don't know what - look now

It was a crab, the guy moved it out of the way. I think this is a new nest....the sand looks whiter..what do you think janet?


I just peeked at the cam and I think you're right, Donna.  Either it's a new location or they moved the cam back a bit, the sign is not as close to the cam as it was before. 
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« Reply #35 on: 26-Aug-09, 11:39:39 AM »

I saw the guy moving something this morning....
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« Reply #36 on: 26-Aug-09, 09:05:08 PM »

I saw the guy moving something this morning....

Nest 1   crying   Failed to hatch by Aug. 25  Oh well so much for nest #1, now were watching nest #2. Hmmm.   hyper Hopefully this one is better.

Approximate dates loggerhead turtles are
expected to hatch::
Nest 1    Failed to hatch by Aug. 25
Nest 2    Nighttime hours between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3
Nest 3    Nighttime hours between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9
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« Reply #37 on: 26-Aug-09, 11:29:17 PM »


Nest 1   crying   Failed to hatch by Aug. 25  Oh well so much for nest #1, now were watching nest #2. Hmmm.   hyper Hopefully this one is better.

Approximate dates loggerhead turtles are
expected to hatch::
Nest 1    Failed to hatch by Aug. 25
Nest 2    Nighttime hours between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3
Nest 3    Nighttime hours between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9

It's very possible that the nest was raided by predators (not just 4-legged but also 2 legged and winged), not an unusual occurance.  Keeping my fingers crossed for nest #2!

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« Reply #38 on: 27-Aug-09, 05:42:47 AM »




It's very possible that the nest was raided by predators (not just 4-legged but also 2 legged and winged), not an unusual occurance.  Keeping my fingers crossed for nest #2!

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Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via this live streaming “turtle webcam” installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys. The camera, funded by the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, is currently focused on a second nest with eggs projected to hatch during the nighttime hours sometime between now and Sept. 3. The camera was previously trained on a nest that was expected to hatch between Aug. 17 and Aug. 25, yet no hatchlings emerged. Researchers plan to excavate the nest to determine what factors affected the predicted hatch.
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« Reply #39 on: 28-Aug-09, 07:56:37 AM »

I didn't see it but either they hatched or something has been digging in the nest. frog

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« Reply #40 on: 28-Aug-09, 11:16:50 AM »

Posted on the site: 

August 28, 2009, 10:50 a.m.:
The camera has intentionally been turned off temporarily
and the streaming video will resume early this afternoon.
We will also be uploading video of the nest excavation Monday morning.
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« Reply #41 on: 28-Aug-09, 10:11:40 PM »

Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via this live streaming “turtle webcam” installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys. The camera, funded by the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, was previously trained on a nest (Nest #1)  that was expected to hatch between Aug. 17 and Aug. 25, yet no hatchlings emerged. A second nest  of eggs (Nest #2) hatched during the nighttime hours on Aug. 27.  Due to natural predation by nearby raccoons, a small number of hatchlings were scavenged. Permitted beach surveyors excavated loggerhead Nest #2 and found a total of 84 eggs. Of these, 80 hatched successfully, including one live hatchling discovered and released during excavation,  and four unfertilized eggs.The camera is expected to be focused on a third nest with eggs projected to hatch during the nighttime hours sometime between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8.

It is important to note that in any turtle nest hatchings, natural predation by other animals - raccoons, seagulls, ghost crabs, even feral cats - is a normal occurrence. Viewers should understand this is a possibility, and to not be alarmed in the event this happens during such an extraordinary natural event. 
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« Reply #42 on: 01-Sep-09, 08:54:12 PM »

THERE'RE HATCHING AT 8:52 PM MONDAY!! bguitar bguitar bguitar
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« Reply #43 on: 01-Sep-09, 10:25:23 PM »

 duck One little turtle had such a hard time making it over the rope. Theres always a little Hammie struggling for an awwww moment but after a back flip back into his hole he finally made it and caught up with his brothers and sisters  bravo (more pics on page 1)
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« Reply #44 on: 01-Sep-09, 10:28:24 PM »

That was amazing to watch!!!! thumbsup
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