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Panama City Beach, FL
Sea Turtle Nest Locations in 2008

Eighteen loggerhead nests were found on Panama City Beach in 2008, and all have hatched as of October 13.
Two that we thought were nests based on the crawl pattern were re-classified as false crawls. Three
nests (#11,15,17) were washed away by Hurricane Gustav on September 1.

Nest

Address

Date Laid

Monitor Start or Hatch Date

Eggs Laid/
Turtles Emerged

Incubation Time (Days)

Comments

1

306 Beachside Dr, "Beach Buoys and Groovy Gulls" beach cottage, Carillon Beach

5/28

hatched 8/1

105/98

66

The turtle maneuvered between lounge chairs and nested near the base of the dune. Hatchlings emerged on the night of August 1, and some were disoriented by nearby walkway lights and urban glow from PC Beach. Volunteers were on hand to rescue these turtles.

2

9450 S. Thomas Dr, Boardwalk Beach Resort, west end of complex behind pavilion

6/2

hatched 8/8

135/125

68

 

3

19312 Front Beach Rd, third house east of Carousel store near Paradiso Place

6/4

hatched 8/10

108/99

68

Hatchlings that emerged from this nest were disoriented by streetlights and a lighted sign at the Carousel store.

4

13615 Front Beach Rd, Casa Loma Motel, east side

6/5

hatched 8/6

110/105

63

First relocated nest of the season. Volunteers Jeff and Kym moved 109 eggs to a higher elevation to protect nest from surf flooding.

5

11211 Front Beach Rd, Ocean Towers Condo, east side

6/5

hatched 8/5

56/51

62

 

6

13103 Oleander Dr, house, about 1000 ft west of Days Inn, access 46

6/10

hatched 8/9

122/116

60

Almost got to see the nesting turtle, but volunteers arrived just after she returned to water. 123 eggs were relocated to a higher spot nearby. This nest hatched on Aug 9.

7

13207 Oleander Dr, house, access 48

6/16

hatched 8/19

60/29

65

Another small nest, only 60 eggs.

8

17135 Front Beach Rd, Beachside Town Homes, access 65

6/17

unknown, see comments

124/32

unknown, see comments

Our first tagged turtle of the season! Volunteers encountered the turtle as she was returning to the water during a severe thunderstorm. Tag RRE 547 was installed in the right front flipper. Excavation revealed that 32 hatchlings emerged, but we never saw them. The turtles may have emerged during a rain storm, which could have washed away their tracks.

9

20609 Front Beach Rd, house, access 83

6/19

hatched 8/21

120/111

64

All of the 111 hatchlings that emerged from this nest made it to the water with no disorientation.

10

11212 Front Beach Rd, Edgewater Beach Resort, Tower 1 (3rd bld from east end)

6/27

hatched 8/27

116/103

62

All of the hatchlings that emerged from this nest were disoriented and were rescued by volunteers.

11

20509 Front Beach Rd, house, access 82

7/5

Failed

?/0

Failed

This nest was washed away by high surf from Hurricane Gustav.

12

6617 Gulf Dr, house, access 12A (west side of Sterling Beach Condo)

7/14

Failed

114/0

Failed

This nest was flooded by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

13

15405 Front Beach Rd, Beachbreak by the Sea Motel

7/15

unknown, see comments

100/50

unknown, see comments

Got to see the nesting turtle! Nancy placed flipper tags in front flippers, and Jeff and Kym moved 101 eggs to higher location nearby. This nest has been adopted by Gulf Beach Preschool. Excavation revealed that 50 hatchlings emerged, but we never saw them. They may have emerged when the nest was washed by the hurricane surge from Gustav or Ike.

14

8501 Surf Dr, Sunny Sands Motel, Access 21

7/17

hatched 9/4

55/25

62

This nest was flooded by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

15

20225 Front Beach Rd, Laguna Beach Christian Retreat

7/21

Failed

?/0

Failed

This nest was washed away by high surf from Hurricane Gustav.

16

22025 Front Beach Rd, house, Access 91

7/22

Failed

94/0

Failed

Volunteers got to see nesting turtle amid a large group of about 75 bystanders. This nest was flooded by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

17

4813 Spyglass Dr, house

8/1

Failed

93/0

Failed

This nest was washed away by high surf from Hurricane Gustav.

18

21320 Front Beach Rd, house

8/5

Failed

113/0

Failed

This nest was flooded by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

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