Anyone on the beach early Sunday morning today would have seen the turtle’s trek back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. I call them the Sea Turtle Girls from the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. They come out early and carefully bury the eggs deep enough to be safe from human and natural predators.
Toward the end of the 60 days, the Sea Turtle Watch crew moves in with a pavilion, flashlights, and lots of refreshments. Men, women, children, working folks and retired folks, all volunteer to keep watch until the birth. There are several sites like this one up and down the coast on Pleasure Island. This particular nest is a bit late this year.
A birth of a baby is always a big event and it’s no different for the sea turtles. At the end of 60 days, there will be a party like you can’t believe as the eggs hatch and the babies are carefully guided back to sea. Don’t you wish you could be there?