When we were almost at the inlet we had a turtle that was heading back to the ocean after completing a false crawl, she seemed tired after attempting two egg chambers and climbing the steep scarp. Hopefully she found another place to successfully nest.
On the way back to the park, things got eventful. We had a turtle that was emerging from the surf line. Then as we were watching her through the night vision monocular, another turtle started emerging just nearby. This turtle crawled up to the high tide line but eventually turned around. In the meantime, another turtle started to emerge behind us. We were surrounded by turtles! After the second turtle was back in the ocean, we watched as the first turtle covered her eggs and disguised her nest. There were more turtle tracks that we saw on the walk back but we quietly passed by as we made our way to the WIFI room. It was a late but fun and turtle-filled night walk!
The following morning the dawn patrol team documented 7 new nests and 8 false crawls. The nest we saw during the program is marked as 239 on the state park beach. See photos below taken during the morning turtle patrol.
Sea Turtle Biologist