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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nest hatches in 70 days

Only two nests left now, both on Costa Fragata (east coast of Sal), one in the area we call Quarry and the other beyond the kite surfing area known as Kite Beach. This nest hatched on the 21st December and the incubation period was 70 days - that's 17 days longer than the average during the season. Happy to say that it didn't unduly affect the success rate which was 91% - 50 out of 55 baby turtles hatched and emerged from the nest.

The photo shows the 'frags' (shell fragments that are left after hatchlings emerge) that we count in order to calculate how many eggs hatched successfully.

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