Post by ioannakarageorge on Jul 18, 2016 11:38:58 GMT -4
When a crawl is found on the beach the first step is to determine whether or not the crawl resulted in a nest (non-nesting crawls are also known as false crawls). In most cases, non-nesting crawls are easily distinguished from nesting crawls because there will be little to no disturbed or excavated sand associated with the crawl. However, females will sometimes begin digging a nest chamber, give up and return to the water without laying any eggs. She may even make several separate nesting attempts, leaving a series of abandoned nest cavities before returning to the water. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to visually identify these crawls as non-nesting events. Refer to the Tracks Guide Threads for help distinguishing different sea turtle crawls!