OK! we are ready to announce our contest, and we hope that you will join in. the other night I gave several clues about our little turtle, that we'd spent a lot of time with her and we'd need a name because she's a new turtle. well, for those of you who remember Beatrice - the turtle we satellite tracked for 10 months, we've got a 'new' Bea! that is to say that we outfitted the little turtle with a harness and a transmitter which is programmed to last for up to 2 years! we hope that by looking at where she goes when she's finished nesting, she will tell us where these little leatherbacks are coming from. because the satellite tracking page is such a popular one, we thought it would be fun to have all of our readers participate in choosing the name for this turtle. her name and her tracking map will be displayed prominently in the Loggerhead Marinelife Center as well as on our website. If we choose the name you send in to us, we'll post your name as well (only if you wish). So we have a special page set up where you can Name our Leatherback! in order to submit a name, we are asking for a minimum $5 donation to support the program. the transmitter cost $2,000 and the satellite time will also be about that much, depending on how long it lasts. at the moment we are totally relying on donations to run the project so your help is very much needed and appreciated - none of it is used for salaries - we just work for kicks :). more details are on the contest page.
as for what happened last night on the beach, well Tropical Storm Arlene starting kicking up the surf yesterday and when we went out to start surveying, it was already 6-8 feet and carving out huge chunks of the beach. Return of the KIBS!! (if you remember Sandy's blog from earlier this year, those would be Killer Invisible Beach Scarps)! at least 4 feet high, these scarps now run the length of our beach, and all that sand that has been slowly building back up on the beach over the last couple months - GONE! my friends in the Geology Dept. at Duke would have loved to see the beach last night - incredible amounts of sediment transport! likely the sand has just moved offshore and with smaller waves it will come back in. very few turtles even attempted a run in and we only saw a few loggerheads and a couple of greens. none of our leatherback girls even tried...we'll see what this storm brings us, but it looks like it's headed north. looking forward to seeing the names you submit!