We only had to walk half a mile and we got word from campers that there was a turtle ashore! We thanked them for keeping their distance and respecting the turtle to ensure she could nest without disturbance.
By the time we guided participants to the turtle, she had just finished laying eggs and was in the process of covering them. We watched as she moved and patted the sand to keep them protected. The turtle's carapace had a heavy presence of bioluminescence, which caused her shell to glow when she really started to throw sand. It was an amazing sight to see!
On the way back to the WIFI room after witnessing the turtle enter the ocean, we passed by one track, where a turtle was still ashore and another set where a turtle had already come and gone.
The following morning, our dawn patrol team recorded 5 new nests and 3 false crawls. The nest seen on the night walk is marked as 104 on the beach. The dawn patrol team also witnessed a sea turtle still ashore and heading back to the water at 6:30am!
See below for photos taken of some of the other turtle activity seen in the morning.
Sea Turtle Biologist