The Saturday night walk delivered turtles and not just sea turtles!
On our way to the inlet, we had a turtle ashore. She had just recently come ashore so we patiently waited while she was digging the egg chamber. We watched through the night vision monoculars before she was ready to lay eggs. We watched this turtle lay eggs, cover and return to the ocean.
On the way back, we saw a diamondback terrapin, the brackish turtle that lives in the marsh but nests on our beach. Then before getting to the office building, we saw hatchlings!
It was a busy but fun night walk! The following morning we documented the sea turtle nest that we witnessed, as 279. There were three new nests and nine false crawls documented. There were also five nest emergences. We only have one more week of night walks and are hoping for continued turtle sightings!
Sea Turtle Biologist