Monday, January 31, 2011
My new friend Sal from New Hampshire shot a video of a nest excavation. I have tried to download it here, but can't, so I will email it. These are some still lifes. This is the nest I watched for 8 hours in the last day and a half!! We found about 36 billiard sized eggs. they are pictured below. Some are still whole and some are sort of collapsed.
We also found some shells and some SAGS. In the picture with Kim digging in the sand you can see the SAGS which are either shell or sans albumen globs. They are in the corner of the picture. There are about 10 of them. They can be as small as a penny. Scientists don't know what they are for. The people here think they help with the gas exchange in the nest.
Kim, the researcher, is the digger and doing all the work. You can see how deep the nest is...better than arm's length. She relocated it from Playa Ventanas (about one mile away) about 60 ish days ago.
After this picture we took the metal strainer and the eggs down to the water's edge to open everything up, count, and bury the remains. the water will eventually take it back to sea. You can hear me say, the word "ripe." The smell was strong when Kim opened one by mistake while excavating.
In the following pictures you will see one turtle that died early on, about 29 that did not develop at all. They looked like raw eggs when they were opened, about 3 that developed some, and 3 were in the unknown category.
The video is the best. Email me if you want to see it, please.
Posted by Ms. Elebash at 3:19 PM