We had an eventful night walk on Thursday with both hatchlings and an adult sea turtle seen! Our intern, Christine, was leading the walk tonight and was up ahead as the scout. She was notified by some campers that there was a sea turtle nest emerging! As we arrived the hatchlings were already making their run for the ocean. As it was a very dark night and the moon had not yet risen, the hatchlings were having a difficult time orientating themselves. By the time we left, all of the hatchlings were able to make their way to the ocean.
On the way back to the office building, there was a nesting sea turtle ashore! She had already finished laying but was in the process of covering her eggs. We watched as she took her time to make sure those eggs were protected. All in all it was another late but rewarding night!
The following morning, the dawn patrol team marked that nest as 338 on our state park beach. In total they documented 4 new nests, 1 false crawl and 3 nests that emerged. We are nearing closer and closer to our record season!
Sea Turtle Specialist