We walked all the way to the inlet without a turtle sighting. There was a set of turtle tracks near the campground but unfortunately it was a false crawl. We still had strong turtle vibes and were staying hopeful as we waited at the inlet, hoping that we would get the chance to see one on the way back.
After walking a short while, a sea turtle was emerging! We patiently waited as she created her body pit and dug her egg chamber. We witnessed her lay her eggs, cover and then return to the ocean. Her length of the carapace measured in at 97.7cm (38.5 inches) and no pit tag was found. We watched as she made her way back into the ocean and disappeared under the waves.
The next morning our dawn patrol team found three new nests and 1 false crawl. The nest we saw during our night walk is marked as nest 130 on our beach. It was below the Spring high tide line so we relocated it. We carefully move her 132 eggs to a safer location. See below for more pictures taken during the dawn patrol.
Sea Turtle Biologist