Hello! My name is Ms. Elebash . Please join me as I travel to Costa Rica to study sea turtles!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tools of the Excavation Trade

Data collection book (water-proof paper)
date when first hatched and how many emerged

date when excavated (stages something like below but not exactly)
how many alive and dead
stage 0 (no yolk)
stage 1
stage 2 (some development)
stage 3 (baby turtle-like)

gloves to use (salmonella if alive, maggots if they are dead)

First Aid Kit

tool for measuring length and width of carapace and head width

yardstick to measure depth of chamber (sometimes if the chamber is too shallow, then the nest gets too hot and the hatchlings die)

heavy duty bucket to put hatchlings in (won't break down in the sun as quickly)

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