Night Walk 7/14 - A SUCCESS!
We had a stormy evening for Thursday's walk but we were hoping the weather would cooperate. Thankfully the storm was moving farther and farther away, so we were able to proceed with the walk portion of the program.
We came across a couple nests that already had signs of emergence. There was one nest that had a couple hatchlings still at the surface and we watched as they made their way into the ocean. Another half of a mile walk down the beach and we had a nesting sea turtle ashore. She was already further along with her nesting stage, so we got to witness her lay her eggs, cover and head back into the water.
The following morning we documented 7 new nests, 3 false crawls and 4 nests that emerged. It was a busier night for turtles! The nest we witnessed during our night walk program is marked as 314 on our state park beach. See below for pictures taken during the dawn patrol.
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