On our final night walk of the 2020 season, we were hopeful for some turtle activity! We were able to see a couple stragglers come out of nests that had emerged already, which was still very exciting. We watched over the hatchlings all the way to the water to ensure their safe crawl. We also witnessed 10 hatchlings from a nest closer to the inlet that had emerged just earlier that night. However, these hatchlings had been swarmed by fire ants. The fire ants are a a predator of our hatchlings and as you can imagine, it does not take that many bites from a fire ant to overwhelm the hatchling. Although it was not as joyful as our first couple hatchlings, we were thankful to be there to help them.
The following morning we found 2 nests emerged. There were no new nests found. Thanks again for all of the support for our sea turtle night walk programs this year. They were a lot different with the limited attendance, mask and distancing but we were so happy to be able to offer them again this season.
Registration for 2021 Night Walks will begin in May, so keep that in mind for next year!
Sea Turtle Biologist