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The map shows the location of all nests identified in 2002 on Panama City Beach.  The nests are numbered chronologically, with Nest 1 representing the first of the season.  The average incubation time this year was 62.1 days for the loggerhead nests, although the nests hatched as early as 54 days and as late as 78 days.  The incubation period of our single green nest was 60 days.

Nest

Address

Date Laid

Monitor Start or Hatch Date

Eggs Laid/
Turtles Emerged

Incubation Time (Days)

Comments

1

Impala Motel, 17751 Front Beach Rd (FBR)

May 22

Aug 7

93/89

78

A nice picture of this nest is in the photo album, which can be accessed on our home page.  

2

Pinnacle Port Condo, 23223 FBR, 150 yd west of condo toward pier at Camp Helen park

May 25

Aug 7

68/58

75

 

3

House, 21320 Front Beach Rd (FBR), 360 ft east of Surf Side Retreat

Jun 2

Aug 5

121/116

65

This nest had excellent hatching success; 96% of the eggs produced turtles which were released into the gulf.

4

Park Place Condo, 4400 Thomas Dr, next to St Andrews State Recreation Area

Jun 4

Aug 4

111/46

62

This nest is documented in our photo album from relocation to hatchling emergence and nest excavation. 

5

Boardwalk Convention Center Hotel, 9600 S. Thomas Dr, west end of the complex directly behind convention center

Jun 15

Aug 15

119/101

60

Our first turtle encounter of the season!  Nancy Evou attached flipper tags to this turtle with help from Bob Gilmore and Carolyn Matkovich.

6

Open beach about 300 ft west of the City Pier (1/2 mile west of Exit H), use public access #22 west of pier

Jun 16

Aug 16

112/105

61

This is the first nest laid near the City Pier since Turtle Watch began in 1991 (picture in photo album). 

7

Dunes of Panama Condo, Bld D, 7205 Thomas Dr, turn left after entering condo gate, Bld D is 2nd from east end of complex

Jun 16

Aug 11

111/104

56

This turtle was also tagged.  Volunteers had to move lounge chairs which blocked her return to the water.

8

Seachase Condo, 17351 FBR

Jun 17

Aug 23

124/106

66

Got to tag this turtle too!  She was also impeded by lounge chairs.

9

Sunset Restaurant, 12405 FBR, parking at County Pier on east side of restaurant.

Jun 18

Aug 11

110/105

54

 

10

House at 13105 Oleander Dr, about 1/2 mile west of Ramada Inn (Exit E), turn-off to Oleander from FBR near Condom Knowledge

Jun 20

Aug 18

130/124

59

Nancy Evou and Jeff Krepper tagged this loggerhead, our fourth of the season with a shell length of 39 inches.

11

House at 13101 Oleander Dr, about 100 yd east of Nest 10, close to public access #32.

Jun 20

Aug 19

131/109

60

This is the first green nest ever recorded on Panama City Beach!!!  The photo album has pictures of the nesting turtle track and the nest excavation, which was attended by a class from Patronis Elementary.

12

Fontainebleau Terrace, 14401 FBR, nest moved 100 yd east near Pizza Hut.

Jun 28

Aug 23

121/116

57

This loggerhead emerged onto the beach around 7:30 am, a rare daytime nesting event which was observed by many delighted tourists.  The turtle was tagged and the nest was moved to protect the eggs from surf flooding.  Pictures of this turtle are in the photo album.

13

Pinnacle Port Condo, 23223 FBR, about 50 yd west of westernmost building in the complex.

Jun 29

Sep 1

117/90

65

 

14

Pinnacle Port Condo, 23223 FBR, just a few feet from nest 13.

Jul 8

Aug 31

135/122

55

This is our largest relocated nest of the season.  Jenny and Tim Ladner moved 135 eggs to a higher elevation behind the condo.

15

Pinnacle Port Condo, 23223 FBR, behind Building B1.

Jul 9

Sep 9

134/5

63

This is our fourth nest in the vicinity of the Pinnacle Port Condo.  The turtles seem to like this area.  Not sure why this nest had such poor hatching success.  Most of the unhatched eggs had no sign of embryonic development.

16

Western boundary of survey area at Camp Helen State Recreation Area, about 200 yd west of Pinnacle Port Condo.

Jul 9

Aug 27

?/?

Failed

This nest was washed away by high surf from Tropical Storm Hannah on Sep 14.

17

House at 4929 Spyglass Dr, 2 houses east of Treasure Island Motel near Schooners Bar

Jul 16

Sep 10

115/105

57

 

18

House at 8601 Surf Dr

Jul 21

Sep 14

65/51

56

 

19

Impala Motel, 17751 FBR, nest on east side of motel

Jul 21

Sep 24

35/24

66

This is the smallest loggerhead nest ever found on Panama City Beach.  Our average nest has 109 eggs, but this one had only 35. This nest was washed away by Tropical Storm Isidore a day after 24 hatchlings emerged.

20

House, 21126 FBR, name of house is "Suits Us"

Jul 29

Sep 16

103/0

Failed

This nest was washed away by high surf from Tropical Storm Isidore on Sep 26.

21

Ramsgate Condo, 23011 FBR

?

Sep 2

140/124

?

This nest was missed by the daily survey (yes, we're human).  It was identified by police officers who saw hatchlings crawling on the condo parking lot.  Some of the hatchlings fell into a storm drain and were rescued by Turtle Watch volunteers who lowered an umbrella through the grate, opened it to allow the turtles to crawl onto the umbrella, and then raised it to bring the turtles within reach.  More turtles were spotted in the drain the following night by Sam Satterfield, an observant 5 year-old who called authorities after seeing the turtle informational sign on a public walkway.  Thanks to Sam's efforts, we were able to rescue 6 more hatchlings.  Good job Sam!

22

Moonspinner Condo, 4425 Thomas Dr

?

Sep 8

122/109

?

This nest was also missed by the daily survey.  It was identified after condo residents saw hatchlings crawling in the dune vegetation.  The turtles were disoriented by flood lights on top of the Moonspinner.  Fortunately, over 50 hatchlings were rescued.

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