We are in our final week of night walks for this season! We were a little wary about our walk portion of the night walk as a thunderstorm was in Beaufort and it appeared it may decide to make its way towards Edisto. We kept an eye on the weather as we started the walk with the hopes of seeing a turtle before any lightning drove us off the beach. We made our way towards the inlet and then turned around without a sighting yet. It did appear a few nests had already had hatchlings emerge prior to our walk.
On the way back to the WIFI room, a turtle was spotted emerging from the ocean. Unfortunately, lightning had become too close to stay out on the beach, so we quietly passed by the turtle and took a detour through the campground.
The following morning our dawn patrol team found three new nests and five nests that had signs of emergence! The turtle we saw was nest 196 on our state park beach. See below for a few more photos.
Sea Turtle Biologist