We had our final night walk of the season on Saturday and it was another successful one! We were able to witness a straggler from one nest and then witness the major emergence of two other nests! It was like watching a pot boil as the hatchlings took their sweet time. Once they were ready, it was such a joy to watch them all crawl out together and make their quick dash to the ocean.
On our way back, we saw adult tracks but this turtle already came and left! Too bad we missed seeing the adult but still so happy to have had a fun and turtle-filled program.
The following morning we documented not one but two new nests! The other nest was laid by a turtle that emerged early in the morning as she had long tracks out and back to the ocean. There were 6 total nests that emerged as well. The nest we missed seeing is documented as 346 on the state park beach. That nest along with the other nest laid was in need of relocation. Nest 346 had 113 eggs and 347 had 144 eggs! See below for photos from dawn patrol.
Sea Turtle Specialist