We had to get up really early on Saturday, like with the sun….
We headed down to the beach and were practically alone there on the sand…
Just us and the turtle walkers, volunteers who spend their mornings scouring the beaches for the telltale tracks of mama sea turtles coming up the beach to lay their eggs deep within the sand before going back to the water, never to see their little babies hatch…
My mom heard that if you got to the beach early enough in the morning, you could accompany the turtle walkers as they discovered, verified, and marked turtle nests, to help keep the hatchlings safe as they incubate in the warm sand. She invited us to come to her house and check it out with her….
We witnessed the verification and marking of two loggerhead nests, each with about 100 eggs in it!
We even got to help out a little.
Our turtle ‘tour guide” brought along some things to help teach us about sea turtles and patiently answered all our questions.
The turtle eggs we saw, should hatch around August 24. If we can, we would LOVE to go back and witness their hatching and their journey to the Gulf. That usually happens in the middle of the night, so we will have to wait and see... but what a fun and educational morning we had!