On our night walk last night we got to witness not one but two loggerhead sea turtles! The first sea turtle we saw she was headed back to the ocean. It was unclear at the time of the night walk if she had nested. I walked down a bit further towards the inlet to see if any more turtles had started their crawl. Not too far down, another set of tracks was seen! I patiently waited from a distance as she dug her egg chamber. Then once she was laying and in a trance, the group gathered behind her to watch the eggs dropping into the egg chamber. What an amazing sight to see, especially for a group who most had never seen a sea turtle before.
The following morning we found three new nests and three false crawls. The first turtle we saw did not make a body pit and we did not locate any eggs. Hopefully she was one of our other nests we found. See below for pictures taken during the morning patrol!
The nest we saw last night marks nest #48 on our beach! If you would like to adopt the nest, click the button below to be taken to the adoption page. The unique ID for this nest: 225730. The proceeds from the nest adoptions help to support our EBSP turtle program.
Sea Turtle Biologist