We had another successful night walk yesterday and it was the first walk this year that we did not have to walk the entire 3 miles! The turtle allowed us to not only witness her dropping eggs and covering her nest but also to get to bed at a decent hour, thanks sea turtle!
There was a lot of human activity on the beach last night. Remember if you are on the beach by yourself to only use red lights and keep a distance of 30 feet. If you sign up for a night walk we can get closer as we know how to witness a nesting turtle safely. Call the Environmental Learning Center for more information.
We had such a great time watching this really big momma lay nest #54 on our state park beach. She measured 41.5" in length of her carapace and 39" in width. She also had a lot of barnacle growth on her shell as well.
The following morning we had a lot of turtle activity! I did not finish patrol until 10:30 a.m. (and I start at 6 a.m.). We found 5 new nests and also located the eggs of a possible nest, where the eggs were not found on an earlier patrol. So we are now at 59 nests on our state park beach! See below for photographs taken from the morning patrol. We relocated nest #57 to higher ground as it was situated below the spring high tide.
If you would like to adopt any of these nests, click on the button below. The nests we found this morning were: 54, 55, 56, 57 & 58. The Unique ID for these nests are (in order): 227058, 227059, 227060, 227061, 227062
Sea Turtle Biologist