We are so excited that our first nest of the season hatched last night! The night before there were some raccoons that had dried digging but the screen kept them from predating any eggs or hatchlings, thankfully! So last night I decided to keep those pesky raccoons at bay as I was hopeful they would emerge sometime soon.
Nearing midnight and the sand started to drop showing off a few hatchling heads near the surface. Then after a while, more hatchlings started to crawl near the surface. Once they were ready they all emerged at the same time making a mad dash to the ocean. As you can see they had a ways to go but they were very quick and made it there in no time! These hatchlings have a lot of energy compared to the ones seen at our public nest inventory events.
The other exciting news is that we may even be the first nest to hatch in the state!
Go turtles go!
Sea Turtle Biologist