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Panama City Beach, FL
Sea Turtle Nest Locations in 2012

Nest information for the 2012 season is documented here, listed in the order the nests were found.

Nest

Address

Date Laid

Monitor Start or Hatch Date

Eggs Laid/
Turtles Emerged

Incubation Time (Days)

Comments

1

15201 Front Beach Rd, Sharky's Restaurant (~100 yd east of restaurant)

5/17

Failed

86/0

Failed

Volunteers Cathy Lands and Lily Hanisee moved 86 eggs to a higher spot nearby. This nest failed to hatch due to flooding from TS Debby.

2

13221 Oleander Dr, house, public access 47

5/23

Hatched 8/2

93/88

72

Volunteers Bob Gilmore and Tina Buddi moved this nest, which is located in a residential area just off Front Beach Rd. Nest adopted by Fellowship of Christian Teaching Homes

3

17698 Front Beach Rd, Splash Resort, public access 74

5/29

Hatched 7/22

82/75

55

This nest was reported at night. Rich and Isis Koenders almost got to see the turtle. Flooded by TS Debby but hatched with good success, 75 hatchlings.

4

21803 Front Beach Rd, house, public access 87

5/29

Failed

97/0

Failed

Volunteers left this nest in place, since it was well above the tide line. No hatchlings emerged due to flooding by TS Debby.

5

22221 Front Beach Rd, house, vacant lot access east side

6/4

Hatched 8/8

107/98

66

Kim Sanders and Jennifer Rust moved 107 eggs to a higher location. This nest is near the Sunnyside Beach and Tennis Club.

6

12525 Front Beach Rd, Chateau Motel (200 yd east), access from west end of County Pier

6/5

Hatched 8/10

96/90

67

Park on west end of County Pier and use public walkway to reach this nest.

7

23223 Front Beach Rd, Pinnacle Port Condo, Bld A

6/5

Hatched 8/3

100/48

60

Nest is behind main tower at Pinnacle Port (tallest building). Hatched Aug 3.

8

23223 Front Beach Rd, Pinnacle Port Condo, Bld B

6/5

Hatched 8/9

124/70

66

Our biggest relocated nest so far this season with 124 eggs. Nest is 100 yd west of #7.

9

11127 Front Beach Rd, Holiday Inn Sunspree, public access 40 west side

6/5

Failed

?/0

Failed

First time a turtle has nested behind the Holiday Inn. This was also the 4th nest identified by surveyors on June 5, a new single-day record! Nest washed away by TS Debby on 6/24

10

21507 Front Beach Rd, house, public access 86

6/5

Hatched (date unknown)

?/11

Unknown

Volunteers got to see this turtle nest! Stakes and most eggs washed away by TS Debby on 6/24. Eggs were found and nest was marked.

11

17927 Front Beach Rd, townhouses, access on west side

6/7

Hatched 8/14

98/79

69

This turtle nested during the day and was spotted by beach walkers at around 9 am.

12

318 Beachside Dr, Carillon Beach, access 3

6/9

Hatched 8/14

100/82

67

Volunteers arrived after the hatchlings emerged on 8/14, but the tracks indicate that most made it to the water.

13

6323 Thomas Dr, Summerwinds Condo

6/10

Hatched 8/13

104/100

65

Hatchlings emerged at dusk on 8/13 and made their way to the water with a large crowd watching.

14

4805 Spyglass Dr, house, public access 1

6/10

Hatched 8/16

?/37

68

62 eggs from this nest were salvaged during TS Debby and reburied near #21. They hatched on 8/16

15

8015 Surf Dr, townhouse

6/11

Failed

?/0

Failed

Nest partially washed away by TS Debby on 6/24. Volunteers salvaged 46 eggs, but none hatched.

16

10511 Front Beach Rd, Long Beach Resort, west side of complex

6/12

Hatched 8/11

106/94

61

Turtle encountered lounge chairs which caused her to nest too close to the water.

17

306 Beachside Dr, Carillon Beach, between access 2 and 3

6/12

Failed

108/0

Failed

Our second nest at Carillon Beach this year. This nest failed to hatch possibly due to flooding from TS Debby.

18

15525 Front Beach Rd, Flamingo Motel, use path on west side of bld

6/13

Hatched 8/25

84/1

75

This nest is about 1/2 mile west of nest 1. Flooded by TS Debby but still in place.

19

14401 Front Beach Rd, Fontainebleau Terrace, east side of bld

6/13

Hatched 8/12

129/95

60

Our first tagged turtle of the season! Jeff Krepper and Kym Clark assisted Nancy Evou who attached tags RRE-550 and RRE-551 to the turtle's front flippers.

20

15727 Front Beach Rd, Inn Paradise Motel

6/14

Hatched 8/18

101/93

66

Volunteers rescued 80 disoriented hatchlings from this nest.

21

6201 Thomas Dr, Watercrest Condo, public access 12 east side on Crescent Dr

6/17

Hatched 8/17

117/104

62

This nest also experienced significant hatchling disorientation. Some turtles crawled to Thomas Drive.

22

22115 Front Beach Rd, house, public access 92, go west

6/17

Hatched 8/16

123/33

59

This nest is about 100 yd east of #4. Hatchlings emerged after late-night check on 8/16, tracks indicate that many were disoriented by lights.

23

12011 Front Beach Rd, Sterling Reef Condo

6/19

Failed

85/0

Failed

LEATHERBACK NEST!!!! First time ever on our beach! Volunteers measured the carapace at 66 inches and moved 85 eggs to a higher location. Relocated nest is just east of the Holiday Terrace. Nest adopted by Fellowship of Christian Teaching Homes. None of the 85 eggs hatched, even though the nest was not flooded significantly by the storms. The eggs were reburied after excavation on Sep 2 and will be examined at a later date

24

5004 Thomas Dr, Treasure Island Condo

6/27

Hatched? date unknown

?/5

?

Volunteers Katrina Williams and Laura Gjere got to see the turtle nest. Bystanders moved lounge chairs to accommodate the turtle. Some good no-flash photos of the turtle appeared in News Herald on 6/30. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac, but we think it hatched a few days before the storm arrived.

25

22107 Front Beach Rd, house, use public access 92

6/29

Failed

?/0

Failed

Volunteers Katrina and Laura almost got to see this turtle too but arrived just after she had returned to the gulf. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

26

15285 Front Beach Rd, Seahaven Beach Hotel

7/1

Failed

?/0

Failed

This nest is located just west of Sharky's, not far from nest 1. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

27

15413 Front Beach Rd, Continental Condo

7/1

Failed

?/10

?

Volunteers Annette DeSercey and Jessica Graham got to see the nesting turtle, along with more than 100 spectators! This nest is located across the street from Gulf World. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

28

20633 Front Beach Rd, House "Duffee"

7/3

Hatched 9/4

128/118

64

This turtle made a double-chambered nest. See our Facebook page for pictures.

29

19989 Front Beach Rd, House (duplex), use public access 77

7/4

Hatched 9/4

64/37

63

Smallest nest of the season so far. Annette and Jessica moved 64 eggs to a higher spot nearby.

30

21302 Front Beach Rd, Sunnyside Beach, use footpath

7/4

Failed

?/0

Failed

Our first nest of the season on beautiful Sunnyside Beach. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

31

23223 Front Beach Rd, Pinnacle Port Condo, Bld C

7/4

Failed

?/0

Failed

This turtle nested after maneuvering though an obstacle course of canopies and lounge chairs left on the beach at night. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

32

13001 Oleander Dr, house, public access 45

7/5

Failed

?/0

Failed

Volunteers got to see this turtle nest. Located about 200 yards east of #2. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

33

14210 Front Beach Rd, house, Bid-A-Wee Access 5

7/8

Hatched 9/16

109/95

70

Our second tagged turtle of the season. Nancy Evou attached tags UUL-452 and UUL-451 to the front flippers. Nest located about 200 yards east of #19.

34

4425 Thomas Dr, Moonspinner Condo, west side

7/10

Failed

103/0

Failed

A large crowd gathered to watch this turtle nest shortly after sunset near the Moonspinner Condo. Failed to hatch due to flooding from Isaac.

35

21320 Front Beach Rd, Sunnyside Beach, use footpath

7/11

Failed

?/0

Failed

Nest located about 50 yards west of #30. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

36

338 Beachside Dr, Carillon Beach

7/12

Failed

96/0

Failed

See our Facebook page for pictures of Bob and Tina protecting this nest. Failed to hatch due to flooding from Isaac.

37

17793 Front Beach Rd, house, public access 76

7/13

Failed

99/0

Failed

Nest is just west of Celedon Condo. Failed to hatch due to flooding from Isaac.

FALSE CRAWL

19440 Front Beach Rd, Carousel Store, use foot path (reclassified as false crawl)

7/15

Failed

?/0

Failed

LEATHERBACK #2!!! Volunteers could not find the eggs, but we marked the area just in case. Sadly, it was washed away by Hurricane Isaac. RECLASSIFED AS FALSE CRAWL.

38

20635 Front Beach Rd, house, public access 84

7/15

Failed

?/0

Failed

LEATHERBACK #3!!! We found these eggs. See our Facebook page for pictures of volunteers searching for the nest. Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

39

23011 Front Beach Rd, Ramsgate Condo, west side of condo

7/19

Failed

?/0

Failed

Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

40

12907 Front Beach Rd, Paradise Palms Inn

7/30

Failed

?/0

Failed

Washed away by Hurricane Isaac.

41

22319 Front Beach Rd, townhouse, near Sunnyside Beach & Tennis Club

7/31

Hatched 10/11

70/43

73

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