Night Walk 7/15 - A SUCCESS!
On our way to the inlet we spotted turtle tracks but unfortunately she had already turned around and left, creating a false crawl. Walking down just a bit further, we got word that the turtle had already come ashore and then left, leaving a new nest behind. On our way back from the inlet, another track was seen but this time it was just one incoming track. Ashlyn spotted the turtle, still creating her body pit. We patiently waited as she dug her egg chamber before getting a closer look. This turtle situated herself underneath the light screen of nest 10! So while she was nesting, we pulled up some of the light screen stakes. Then while she was covering, she was being extra feisty and was breaking the stakes of nest 10! We got to watch her return to the ocean after successfully laying her eggs.
The following morning we found three new nests, 2 false crawls and another nest hatched. The nest we saw during our night walk program is marked as nest 179 on our beach. See below for pictures taken from the morning patrol.
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