During the patrol on August 10th we were checking nests to see if they have hatched, when we came across Possible Nest #4. This nest was listed as possible because no eggs were found during the morning patrol on June 30th but it had the characteristics of a nest. The area was roped off so when it came time for that nest to possibly hatch, we could record it.
Well when we drove by, we noticed a very large depression in the sand. The nest had hatched the night before! Unfortunately, when the nest hatched the raccoons were ready and partially predated the nest. We found two hatchlings in the dune grass away from the egg chamber. They were both albino! They must have stuck out to the raccoons. It would be near impossible for an albino hatchling to survive in the wild!
Here is a photo of one of the albino hatchling's found near Possible Nest #4.
Sea Turtle Specialist