We had a fun night walk on the Tuesday night as we hosted the Tour De Turtles group!
Tour De Turtles is a group that goes to the 4 different coastal parks to experience a different sea turtle educational program. At Edisto Beach State Park, the group goes on a night walk and the following morning can go out for a guided morning walk.
On our night walk, we had a turtle ashore as soon as I went out onto the beach. She was just emerging from the surf line. Unfortunately, she went up to the dunes and must not have liked the vegetation as she turned around and headed back to the ocean. We got to witness her as she made her way back to the water. A little further down, there was another turtle coming ashore and possibly the same one! This turtle went up to the dune vegetation again and started to dig, however, with the heavy presence of roots, she ended up abandoning the egg chamber and decided to try elsewhere. Again, we were able to witness this sea turtle heading back to the ocean. Nearby lightning had us end the walk but with two turtle sightings, we were all thrilled!
The following morning on the guided morning walk, the group was able to witness nest 127 get moved from a very low location to a more suitable spot above the Spring high tide line. See below for photos taken during the dawn patrol.
Sea Turtle Biologist