BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Recent days on Boca Grande beaches have found sea turtles hatching like mad, and some of the hatches were more than a little unique.
Take, for instance, the mysterious multiples nest found by sea turtle patroller Dizey Lindquist near the Range Light beach. It contained 125 eggs total, of which 83 hatchlings emerged on their own. Approximately 40 were unhatched.
What is odd about the nest is the fact there were 16 double, or “twin” eggs, and one “triplet” egg in the mix.
Of the double eggs, 11 pairs did not hatch at all and four pairs hatched completely. In the last twin egg set one hatched and the other did not.
None of the baby turtles in the triplet egg hatched.
When Dizey found these rare eggs she contacted Grace Harvey, the island’s sea turtle permit holder with the state. Grace said she has seen twin eggs before, but never a triplet. And certainly never multiple twin eggs in one clutch.
Photos have been sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in hopes they can shed some light on the mysterious findings.
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