'Fair' turtle season sees challenges, mysteries

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 02:38 PM.

"We vacillate," said Maxwell. "Sometimes there's a high number of greens. I can't explain why none this year. Maybe it wasn't their year. Ask a turtle."

Sea turtles usually dig down 2.5 feet to nest and the nests are usually 8 inches around. Each nest usually has around 100 eggs.

The amount of rainfall we have endured this year has been a challenge to the nests because South Walton doesn’t have optimal stormwater management.

"We have seen springs open up under nests this year," said Maxwell, "especially in Seacrest. When this happened, the eggs we could find were dead. The rest had washed away."

The rain has also hindered putting down exact dates when nests have hatched as it has been difficult to detect.

One triumph is that while Sandestin usually gets a nest, it normally does not hatch.

"This year, the one at Sandestin hatched," Maxwell said triumphantly.

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