Our last night walk of the season was held on Tuesday. We only run the night walks in June and July as that is the peak of the nesting season as well as our interns are leaving shortly. They have been a lot of fun and fairly successful this season!
On our last night walk, we got to see one straggler leave from nest 92. Cadey, our intern, helped it out as it was stuck in the roots and got left behind from the rest of the hatchlings. A little bit further down the beach and we got to see nest 94 emerge! They were already heading from the nest and unfortunately were having a hard time finding the ocean as it was near the new moon and the horizon was not the brightest point. Our volunteers and myself were able to reorientate them and save them from heading back towards the lights across the marsh.
The following morning, our patrol team found that 6 nests had emerged!
What a great way to end our night walk program this year! Thanks for all of the support for our turtle program.
Sea Turtle Biologist