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VoL 12, No. 2
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N. C.
Final PKS Sea Turtle Nest of 2016
By Peggy Deneau
On December 31, the 2016 sea turtle season in Pine Knoll Shores finally came to an
end when the green sea turtle nest that had been laid back on September 22 was finally
opened. We learned that the longest a green turtle nest has incubated before hatching
successfully was 100 days—and December 31 was day 100 on our nest.
At 4 p.m. on the 31st, Louie Schrum and Jan CorseUo dug the eggs out of the nest,
with Lisa Park on hand to perform the inventory. One hundred twenty-six eggs had
been laid, but none had hatched. The eggs were all clean and white. None were dark or
discolored, but all were dead.
Dr. Matthew Godfrey, head sea turtle biologist for North Carolina, was at the
excavation. He opened several eggs from the top, center and bottom of the nest. The .
contents were the same: embryonic green turtles about one and one-half inches long
were in all the eggs. It looked as though the entire nest got too cold all at once, arresting
development of all the hatchlings. It was sad, as this was the only green turtle nest laid
on Bogue Banks in 2016. Also, DNA taken from an egg when the nest was discovered
showed that the mother turtle was new. She had not nested here before, and there were
no records on her.
On the bright side, we did have 15 sea turtle nests in Pine Knoll Shores in 2016. This
is just the second time in 16 years we have had that many. The last time was the year
From left, Jan Corsello, Louie Schrum, and Lisa Park dig into Nest #15. Inset: Dr. Matthew
Godfrey shows tiny unhatched green turtle.—P/)ofos by Peggy Deneau
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PKS Fire Auxiliary
At the Pine Knoll Shores Fire Department’s annual Christmas party on December 12, Hope
For The Warriors presented a paddle to the Pine Knoll Shores Fire Auxiliary in recognition
of its support of wounded warriors through the town’s Angel Tree. The plaque read, “Hope
For The Warriors honors Pine Knoll Shores Fire Auxiliary for supporting our military families,
caregivers, and families of the fallen. Your dedication allows Hope For The Warriors to
Restore: Self, Family, Hope; Angel Tree/Holiday Giving Program, December 12,2016.’’
Pictured, left to right, are Teresa Stanton-Law (2016 Pine Knoll Shores Angel Tree Project
co-chair), Bruce Flynt (Fire Auxiliary vice president), Teddy Wimberley (Fire Auxiliary
secretary), David Gildner (Fire Auxiliary president). Fire Chief Jason Baker and Donnie Black
(Fire Auxiliary treasurer).—P/ioto courtesy of bj Peter
of the first beach replenishment. Last years season set a record: 1,178 loggerhead sea
turtle hatchlings made it safely into the ocean from Pine Knoll Shores beaches.
We are all looking forward to the 2017 sea turtle season, which begins in May. Many
new people have expressed an interest in joining our group, and we should have plenty
of volunteers this year.
Thanks go out to all the wonderful people who have made the Pine Knoll Shores
Sea Turtle Program so successful. Also, thanks go to Police Chief Ryan Thompson for
the use of the Turtle Rescue beach vehicle, and to the Town of Pine Knoll Shores for
support of this program.
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