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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-06-08 06:00:00
Release Location: Keewaydin Island
Last Location: 2013-02-05 07:56:48
Sheila & Megan McInerney
Linda & Jim Junk
Joel and Mag Stein
We were very pleased to find Aunt Nancy nesting on Keewaydin Island again this year. She's an old acquaintance as she's been visiting our beach regularly. Since 1989 when we first met her, she's been back six times (1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2012). Over the years, she's laid 17 known nests plus a few more that we missed. Our records tell us those nests contained 1,718 eggs, which resulted in 1,400 little loggerheads reaching Gulf waters to give it a go. So far this year she's laid one nest. Of course, we hope to find her nesting several more times this summer.
A donation from Conservancy members John and Ann Wolfe made it possible for us to satellite tag Aunt Nancy this year. With a little luck, the satellite tag she is now carrying will tell us where she goes to forage once she completes her nesting efforts this August. Will it be in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay, the Bahamas or somewhere else? Stay tuned!