We had another successful night walk! During my check to the south end of our beach, I came across a long crawl that went up and into the dunes. This turtle crawled between the jetty and the Pavilion, an area that is not as common for a nest. We patiently waited as she took her time digging that perfect egg chamber to fit all of her eggs! We had the opportunity to witness her laying her eggs, covering them up and then watching her return to the ocean.
During her late stages of covering, we scanned her for a PIT tag and took measurements. There was no PIT tag found. Her carapace length from notch to the tip, measured in at 103.1cm.
The next morning we found 5 new nests and 1 false crawl! The nest we saw is marked as 89 on our beach! See below for some pictures taken of nest 89 during our dawn patrol.
If you would like to adopt this nest, you can visit the Camp Exchange or the Environmental Learning Center!
Sea Turtle Specialist