We had another successful night walk as we wrap up the final week of our sea turtle night walk program. This has been the most successful season for seeing a sea turtle so far! We have only had 3 night walks where we did not see any turtle activity.
Last night we saw a few straggler hatchlings emerge from nest 37 and I helped to keep the fire ants at bay. Annie, our intern, walked ahead to check a couple more nests. She spotted hatchling heads emerging from the sand in nest 38! We didn't have to wait long for the hatchlings to come out! We got to see a full "boil", which is when the majority of the hatchlings emerge from the sand to make their trek to the ocean. Unfortunately, last night was very dark and there was a lot of light pollution. This caused many of our hatchlings to become disorientated and go in the wrong direction. Annie, our volunteer, Lea, and myself started gathering the hatchlings that were going the wrong direction and placed them so they would go to the ocean instead.
Everyone was so excited about seeing the tiny hatchlings! We didn't have any nesting activity last night but we did get to see tracks from the night before.
Sea Turtle Biologist