After a half a mile walk down the beach, we had a sea turtle ashore! She had already finished laying her eggs and was covering up the nest. We watched as she used her dextrous back flippers to pack the sand back on top and then use the front flippers to fling sand backwards, hiding evidence of the nest. As she was covering, we noticed she had some bioluminescence on her carapace. Without any red lights, we watched as she flung sand and disturbed the bioluminescence, causing them to glow. After she successfully made it into the water, we walked back to the WIFI room, full of excitement of seeing a sea turtle!
The following morning the dawn patrol team marked this nest as 211. There was a total of 5 new nests and 3 false crawls documented. See below for a few photos taken from this morning turtle patrol.
Sea Turtle Biologist