Our volunteers excavated a loggerhead sea turtle nest on the evening of Wednesday, August 16, near Shell Island Resort on the north end of the Wrightsville Beach. An inventory of the nest revealed 98 empty egg casings, meaning 98 hatchlings emerged from the nest and made the way to the Atlantic three days earlier. The nest chamber also contained 4 unhatched/unfertilized eggs, and one hatchling who sadly did not survive. Overall, this gave the nest a 96 percent success rate—which is an excellent success! Safe journey to the Gulf Stream, little hatchlings!
We would like to sincerely thank Wilmington’s Gold’s Gym on Racine Drive for hosting an amazing fundraiser for the WBSTP on Saturday, August 5. The fundraiser included free fitness classes for all attendees (members and non-members alike), giveaways, a raffle, and lots of fun and fitness for a good cause.
The total amount of funds raised for local sea turtle conservation efforts was $2,223, making this the largest one-day fundraiser In WBSTP’s history! Thank you so much to the Gold’s Gym instructors who devoted their energy and enthusiasm, and to all our dedicated volunteers who donated their time and talents to ensure the fundraiser’s success.
In the early-morning hours of July 26, 80 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings emerged from their nest on the Wrightsville Beach strand and scurried to the waters of the Atlantic. Thirty-seven additional hatchlings crawled up from the nest chamber the following night, making a total of 117 baby loggerhead sea turtles that successfully hatched from the first nest of the 2017 season. The nest was laid on Saturday, May 27 just north of the Hanover Seaside Club. Safe journey, little ones!