Ben Lippen

Turtle Palooza in Tuckerton today

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This time of year the female Diamondback Terrapins are laying their eggs. Down on Green Street in Tuckerton ( for one example) they are trying to cross the roads we put down,  to find a spot make a "nest". 

 

Now, the state DOT, or the county I dunno, has had a very few tiny signs erected for years along the main road into the area. The residents down there have made up their own signs and they on many yards, warning of turtles crossing. I like that alot. 

 

First day down on a job down there yesterday we only saw one turtle crossing the road as we returned from a WaWa run at lunchtime. Hollered at her to slow down as I drove around her ;) 

Saw nothing this morning on the way in. 

 

By noon we had seen, from the ground and the second floor deck, well over a dozen coming out of the marsh across the street and heading across the road. 

At one point one of my guys working alone in the "garage" under the lifted house saw one come cruising inside. He had his hands full and by the time he shut the tool down and all, the turtle had scooted all of the way and and under the boat in the next bay. I came down and squeezed in behind the boat and spare fridge and found her wedged into a blind corner. Picked her up and no sooner did I get back to the garage door, there was another, bigger one heading the same way. :laugh:

 

Took them both back across the street and told them to move along. No pepper spray or batons were needed ;) 

Later in the afternoon we watched one dig a nest and lay her eggs in the neighbor's front yard, then go back across the road.  I have a mess of hi-vis orange marking flags here at home that I use for laying out footing and such. Figured I'd bring one along tomorrow and plant it by the nest, then leave a note in the HO's mailbox about it. Summer/weekend homes down there for the most part. 

In the end, I lost track of how many of them shells we saw coming and going, but I locked up and was walking around the other side of the house I saw another nest on the this guys' property. Guess I'll bring a few flags tomorrow. 

 

Driving out this afternoon saw only one crossing, but two others squashed by cars during the day. They weren't there in the morning. Some people don't care :mad: 

 

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Must be something in the air...I haven't seen two box turtles in the same YEAR in a long time...and a couple days ago I saw this in my backyard :eek:

 

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Saw this guy on Great Bay Blvd this AM...deep scar on back...he was just in front of this sign that went up Friday night...creative homemade sign seen too...they are on the move for sure

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 Cool stuff, don't many drop their eggs on the beach and bury them?

 

I don't think its because folks don't care, folks don't know, many live in a shell that is far more restrictive than being a turtle. I'd call them ignorant morons but that would be an insult to both the ignorant and the morons. A good name for them would be floaters, they don't intentionally bother others, aren't mean spirited and are not usually a financial burden on society, they just exist in their little world. The poor turtles are over matched by the brain dead. 

 

These are the folks we used to sit next to in restaurants, stand in line with at the grocery store, fish next to on the beach, drive with on the roads, its alarming when you realize that along with the politically extreme there is a large percentage of folks out there that really are lost. I can tolerate most of it, the driving part is alarming, I'd be leery sitting in the car in front or back of them on a roller coaster at an amusement park, doing 80 alongside some of those people is like being a cartoon character.

 

Hope the turtles have a good season.

 

 

 

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If you want to learn more about Diamondback Terrapin nesting around Seven Bridges Rd check out the Great Bay Terrapin Project established by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ...they have a web page with a lot of information.

 

Also, there is an app called iNaturalist which allows you to report a sighting...you can register and add yourself to the "Great Bay Terrapin Project"...if you spot one (alive or flattened), snap a picture on your phone and report the observation through the app.  You can also browse through recent sightings around any location.

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6 hours ago, N2VVin609 said:

If you want to learn more about Diamondback Terrapin nesting around Seven Bridges Rd check out the Great Bay Terrapin Project established by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ...they have a web page with a lot of information.

 

Also, there is an app called iNaturalist which allows you to report a sighting...you can register and add yourself to the "Great Bay Terrapin Project"...if you spot one (alive or flattened), snap a picture on your phone and report the observation through the app.  You can also browse through recent sightings around any location.

That's cool.

Didn't see one turtle today. Guess the overcast cool wet weather kept them in the marsh. 

Oh yeah, found two new nests in the H.O.'s yard this morning that were not there when I left yesterday. 

I planted flags :cool:

 

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1 hour ago, Ben Lippen said:

That's cool.

Didn't see one turtle today. Guess the overcast cool wet weather kept them in the marsh. 

Oh yeah, found two new nests in the H.O.'s yard this morning that were not there when I left yesterday. 

I planted flags :cool:

 

How’s the greenheads? 

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My old man, God rest his soul, died this past winter. However the first time he came down here, and I took him over to fish 7 bridges, he too was amazed at the turtle sightings.

 

Amazed about the turtles, and terrified of the green heads, he had never seen up North. I remember driving passenger in the truck, and "I'm like POPS, Look out, another one!," and he's swerving the truck LOL. 

 

I've saved a few hatchlings this past week. When it's sunny out, they like hiding under my truck I guess cuz of the shade. 

 

 

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I got bit once early Monday morning before that stiff ENE wind started blowing. 

Last time I was on this job, back in the winter, I had to bring a propane heater.

This time I brought bug spray but didn't have to use it. Chasing turtles instead :laugh: 

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Madness this AM on Seven Bridges Rd...Wife and I counted 101 Terrapins in under an hour to the end of the road...the ride back was like a turtle slalom run...quite a few were on the side of the road digging a hole to place their eggs.

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we had a summer home in tuckerton for @ 20 years ( sold in 2001 ) and turtles were everywhere , esp snappers in our lagoon. constantly swerving to avoid them. haven't been there in years , howd it make out w/sandy? only heard one report at the time on the news and said it was devastated. sounded pretty dire. great fishing , clamming , crabbing till the final few years when things radically changed for the worse. commercial clammers in the garveys were gone for years and it seemed the end of that industry foretold what was to come. have great pictures of our 3 kids w/bass , weakies , fluke, blues etc etc. hope things have rebounded. btw , I assume you guys know @ using " skin so soft " on the greenheads. 

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Launched out of Capt Mikes yesterday. Pulled over about 5 times and escorted some across on the way back. All between the last 2 bridges heading back to town.

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18 hours ago, terry miller said:

haven't been there in years , howd it make out w/sandy? only heard one report at the time on the news and said it was devastated. sounded pretty dire.

They got hit pretty hard. Not as bad as the northern end of the county where I live though. Flooding was extensive, especially up Green Street. I spent months down there working on new, raised up modulars. There's a bunch of brandy new trailer homes sitting on cribbing in the trailer park. I expect there gonna haul away the old ones and raise up the new ones. They've ben occupied for a few years since Sandy, so I guess they were all gutted and re-done.

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