We had our first dig for the Kiawah Island Sea Turtle Patrol earlier this morning. And when I say earlier…..I mean early.
I woke the girls up at 5:30 am in order to excavate a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest that had hatched 3 days ago. We never know what we are going to see or experience because everyday is different.
First, we remove the nest’s covering.
We found two turtles!
The recovered turtles are placed in a bucket with plenty of sand coverage.
The excavation continues, and later the eggs are counted.
When the dig is finished, we take the turtles close to the water’s edge to be released. One of the turtles was not ‘viable’ when it was removed from the nest. The other had life in him, and it was amazing how much it perked up for its trek out to sea.
Here is the journey.
Next dig is Thursday morning!
*taken from 2009 KITP