Night Walk 6/8 - A Success!
Last night on our night walk we had many turtle tracks and turtles to see! Unfortunately, none of them nested, when we saw them they were headed into the ocean after false crawling. A false crawl is when the sea turtle crawls ashore but does not like the area to lay her eggs so she returns to the sea without nesting. The first turtle seemed to not like the washed up cord grass it came across, the second turtle hit the sand fencing and made a U-turn and the third turtle went for a long trek through the dunes without attempting anything. We got a closer look once they had crawled past the high tide line and were heading back.
Although we didn't see any nesting, everyone on the tour enjoyed the beautiful (almost full-moon) night! Without red lights you could make out the turtles far in the distance. I have included some photos below from our morning patrol the following day. We had 2 nests and 6 false crawls, with one nest coming up close to the office! She was one determined turtle - perhaps some of the ones we saw false crawl came up later to lay nest 52 and nest 53!
If you would like to adopt either nest 52 or 53, you pick their adoption code on seaturtle.org, which is: 194588 or 194607. To go to the adoption page click the button below! So happy everyone enjoyed the walk last night.
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