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Panama City Beach, FL
Sea Turtle Nest Locations in 2004

The map shows the location of 27 loggerhead nests identified on Panama City Beach during 2004.  Seventeen nests hatched and 10 were washed away by Hurricane Ivan on September 16.

Nest

Address

Date Laid

Monitor Start or Hatch Date

Eggs Laid/
Turtles Emerged

Incubation Time (Days)

Comments

1

22019 Front Beach Rd (FBR), 8 houses west of Sea Witch Motel, public access 37

May 25

Aug 2

116/45

68

Our first nest of the season was relocated by Bob Gilmore and Bud Evou.  It's in the area covered by Bay County's lighting ordinance.

2

19987A Front Beach Rd, nest 3 houses west of public access 24

May 26

Jul 29

151/63

63

An average loggerhead nest on our beach has 110 eggs, but this one is way above average with 151. 

3

Townhouse, 8523 Surf Dr, public access 22

May 28

Aug 1

95/82

64

This turtle had a small crawl width of only 25" and an unusual crawl pattern. 

4

Schooner's, 5121 Gulf Dr, just east of restaurant by construction.

May 28

Aug 1

99/86

63

 

false crawl !!!

Pirate Cove Villas, 23005 FBR, Unit 118

June 12

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We thought this was a nest based on the mound of disturbed sand left by the turtle.  However, volunteers could find no eggs, and no hatchlings emerged after 80 days of monitoring. This nest has been reclassified as a false crawl. 

5

Twin Palms Resort, 10519 FRB, nest 50 yd west of condo.

June 12

Aug 13

103/94

63

 

6

House at 4931 Spyglass Drive, about 100 yards east of nest #4

June 12

Aug 16

109/10

66

This nest was the site of Big Dig #2 as Diane Wetherbee and Kennard Watson finally found the eggs after digging a pit that could comfortably fit a VW Beetle. 

7

Days Inn, 12818 FBR

June 14

Aug 14

131/23

62

Jeff Krepper and Kennard Watson got to see our first turtle on the beach this season.  This big beautiful loggerhead had a 40-inch shell.

8

House, 21615 FBR, La Valencia

June 14

Aug 18

107/98

66

 

9

Whispering Seas Condominium, 8612 Surf Dr, public access 2 buildings east of condo.

June 16

Aug 17

98/86

63

Nancy Evou attached metal tags to this turtle after she nested, RRE 529 in left front flipper and RRE 528 in right. 

10

Howard Johnson's Motel, 9400 S. Thomas Dr, west side of complex.

June 17

Aug 18

138/122

63

All of the hatchlings were disoriented when they emerged, but we're happy to report that all were rescued by volunteers. 

11

House, 300 Beachside Dr, Carillon Beach

June 17

Aug 19

136/77

64

Volunteers Lynn Page and Lorna Patrick watched as the hatchlings emerged from this nest and crawled to the gulf under a beautiful starry sky. 

12

House, 14118 FBR, Bid-a-Wee Beach, directly across from Dolphin Drive

June 24

Aug 12

101/99

59

Anchorage Children's Home adopted this nest.  Hatching success was an amazing 98%!

13

House, 20007 FBR, public access next to 14th Street, nest east of access

June 24

Aug 12

138/99

65

The top eggs of this nest were 12 inches below the surface, much deeper than normal.  Bob Gilmore and Carl Garvin found the eggs after digging for 40 minutes.

14

House, 21805 FBR, public access 34, across from Exit N sign

June 25

Aug 23

105/104

60

This turtle may have a flipper injury, based on the odd shape of her track  Several Turtle Watch volunteers got to see the hatchlings emerge and scramble to the water.

15

Portside Resort, 17635 FBR, use unmarked access west of building

June 27

Aug 25

101/92

60

This nest was relocated by Bob Gilmore and Carl Garvin, because the turtle nested near a storm drain. 

16

House, 21805 FBR, public access 34, just west of Latitude 29 Condo

July 7

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

This turtle was determined to nest.  She crawled through a cabana and around beach chairs before finding a spot to nest (see photo album).  After nesting, she crawled over 100 ft before reaching the water, possibly disoriented by lights.

17

Surfside Christian Retreat, 21429 FBR, nest on east side of retreat, use access across from Lakeview St at west end of Sunnyside Beach.

July 12

failed, Ivan 9/16

18+/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

A beach walker saw some eggs by the tide line and flagged down Nancy Evou, one of our atv surveyors.  Nancy found 18 eggs and reburied them at a higher location (many eggs were lost to the surf).  This nest was missed by our surveyors, maybe because it was laid close to the water, causing the track to be washed away.  The appearance of the eggs suggests they were only a few days old when found on July 12.

18

Sugar Sands Motel, 20723 FBR, nest about 100 yd west of motel at Santa Monica Beach between Buena Vista and Belair Streets.

July 13

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

 

19

Fiesta Motel, 13623 FBR, nest directly behind motel.

July 16

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

Adopted by Patronis Elementary 3rd grade gifted class.  This turtle had to maneuver around lounge chairs before finding a spot to nest.  These chairs should be stored off the beach at night so they don't obstruct nesting turtles.

20

Shores Condo, 22500 FBR, Unit 126, use public access 42 on west side of condo, then walk east about 200 yards.

July 16

failed, Ivan 9/16

126/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

 

21

Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, 20305 FBR, use public access on west side of retreat.

July 18

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

This nest was laid close to a storm drain and would have been relocated had the morning survey not been interupted by a lightning storm. 

22

The Tides, 17495 FBR, public access 11 on west side of building

July 19

failed, Ivan 9/16

126/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

 

23

House, 4931 Spyglass Dr, about 20 ft east of nest #7

July 20

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

Adopted by Patronis Elementary 3rd grade gifted class.  

24

House, 340 Beachside Dr, Carillon Beach, go through pool area (gate 234) and turn right on beach.

July 28

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

After laying her nest, this turtle wandered over 400 yd before entering the water, encountering many lounge chairs along the way. 

25

Island Winds Condo, 17643 FBR, public access 7, across street from Southwind.

Aug 8

failed, Ivan 9/16

?/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

 

26

House, 9806 Gulf Dr

?

Aug 9

102/85

?

Rachel Smolinski found this nest from hatchling tracks.  Most appeared to have made it safely to the water.

27

Impala Motel, 17751 FBR, nest 2 buildings west of motel.

Aug 18

failed, Ivan 9/16

92/0

failed, Ivan 9/16

Sorry Bob.

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