On Eastern Neck Island, at the end of the Chester River, on the Chesapeake Bay, I encountered something I’d seen on another island, Assateague (a barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia)…
tracks (previously, those of a fox, these appear to be raccoon)
and a crater
The crater contains what look like crushed ping pong balls.
Actually turtle eggs, or rather, the shells.
These, as on Assateague, would be diamondbacked terrapin eggs. The terrapin is a sports icon as well as the main ingredient in turtle soup.
I prefer mine alive… turtles at the DuPont Nature Center DE.
This is the only turtle that has beaten me in a swimming race… snorkelling at Assateague, I encountered one in the back bay. He took off, and I could not keep up, even in fins.