On Tuesday's night walk we had a short walk down the beach and there was turtle tracks seen! But unfortunately she had already come and gone. It was a false crawl with a quick turnaround. Another half a mile walk down the beach and there was a turtle ashore already laying eggs! There were other members of the public already viewing her but they did the right thing by keeping their distance to ensure she nested successfully. We were able to get a closer look and answer more great turtle questions while she finished up laying, covering and then returned to the ocean. It was a beautiful night under a starry sky with a great breeze to keep the noseeums at bay.
The following morning the dawn patrol team found 7 new nests and 6 false crawls. The nest we saw during our program is marked as 262 on the state park beach. It was determined to be in a safe location that was not in need of relocation.
Once I receive photos from the dawn patrol team, I will be sure to share more of the morning turtle activities documented!
Sea Turtle Specialist