As soon as we started our walk on Saturday, we got to witness a few straggler hatchlings emerging from a nearby nest. It was great to already have hatchling activity! As we ventured further down the beach, there were more hatchlings to witness emerging from another nest that had recently showed signs of a major emergence. This is why we wait 3-5 days to inventory a nest as the next few nights, there may be hatchlings that emerge from the nest on their own.
The following morning we documented three new nests and two false crawls and there were no new nest emergences.
It was a great night walk to wrap up the night walk programs for 2023!
Sea Turtle Biologist