We walked to the inlet and back without a turtle sighting. We did see a short false crawl and were hopeful that turtle may appear again. After concluding the walk we did a final check past the white office building towards the Pavilion and spotted a turtle ashore! With the use of the night vision monocular, we noticed the turtle was still digging an egg chamber. We did not have to wait long and the turtle had started to lay eggs! We watched as she laid her eggs, covered and returned to the ocean. It was a long crawl as it was still low tide.
The next morning we documented this nest as 98 on our beach! We relocated the 133 eggs to a new location as the original nest was situated below the Spring high tide line. It is now protected with a new metal cage to deter raccoons from digging into the nest. We documented three new nests this morning and two false crawls including one during our dawn patrol, as a turtle started to emerge from the ocean but turned around shortly after. See photos below taken during the dawn patrol!
Sea Turtle Biologist