Taylor said it's very rare to see a loggerhead turtle net while the sun is still out, and they usually nest overnight. (Source: Alyssa Taylor)
FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) -
Park Ranger Alyssa Taylor captured video of a female loggerhead sea turtle nesting at Fort Fisher.
Taylor said it's very rare to see a loggerhead turtle net while the sun is still out, and they usually nest overnight.
According to Taylor, you can see the turtle dropping eggs into her chamber as her rear flippers go up and down.
"Loggerheads lay on average somewhere between 100 and 120 eggs per clutch and can nest somewhere between 3-5 times per season," Taylor explained. "They do not generally nest annually; they nest every 2-3 years."
The nest is expected to hatch in about two months.
Taylor said most beaches are seeing far fewer nests than they did last year. So far there are a dozen nests on Fort Fisher and 13 on Bald Head Island.