We had a very short but successful walk! Just to the left of the building, there was a sea turtle ashore and she was already getting settled. Once we arrived up to view her she had just finished laying her eggs and was in the covering process. We watched her as she patted down the sand to cover and hide the eggs. Then we witnessed her crawl back and slip under the waves.
The following morning the dawn patrol team documented 5 new nests, 2 false crawls and 3 nests that emerged! The nest we saw during our program is marked as 302 on our state park beach. The dawn patrol team decided to leave the nest in situ as it is in a higher location of the beach. It may see a wash over or two with the King tide but it should not harm the nest but only benefit it, by cooling it down.
Our dawn patrol team is trying to send me pictures of the night walk body pit and tracks but the island's cell phone service is preventing that at the moment. When I do receive photos I will be sure to post them here!
Sea Turtle Biologist