We had such a great time on our night walk! We got to see a nest emerge - it's nicknamed a boil as it looks like the sand is boiling with hatchlings. We didn't have to wait long either as they started to make their crawl a few minutes after we arrived. We all stood behind the nest and watched in the moonlight. I shone a dim red light every once in a while to get an idea of where they were but it's best to see them light-free!
On the way back from the inlet we saw a dark shape emerge from the surf! We stood still and quiet as she made her journey up the beach. I waited far back to listen for when she stops digging and begins to lay but unfortunately this turtle was not fond of the sand and abandoned her body pit. We got to see her crawl back to the ocean after her false crawl but hopefully she returned to nest that night!
The following morning our intern, Amanda and our volunteer, Nancy, were on dawn patrol. The found 4 new sea turtle nests and 3 false crawls. This brings our total up to 140! If you would like to adopt one of the nests from last night, click on the button below to be taken to the adoption page. The Unique nesting ID's for 137, 138, 139 & 140 are: 206263, 206266, 206267, 206271. The proceeds from adopting our nest help to support the turtle project!
See below for some pictures taken from the morning patrol:
Sea Turtle Specialist