As part of #7Days4SeaTurtles, DNR sea turtle technician Sara Weaver is posting about her work this week on Sapelo Island.
Last night and this morning were especially fun. I took my tent out to Cabretta beach to camp alongside a nest that was showing signs of hatching (the sand over the nest was collapsing).
After setting up camp, I walked down the beach as the full moon rose, hoping to see a nesting female or another nest hatching. But I didn’t see anything. At about 10:30 p.m., a single hatchling emerged from the nest by my tent, and I got to watch it make its way into the ocean (pictured).
This morning, I found nest 200, which is an incredible event for Sapelo. The island hasn’t had this many nests since the research project started, about 40 years ago.
It has been a record-breaking year for Georgia. We reached one of our federal recovery goals for loggerhead sea turtles at 2,800 nests, and we’re now over 3,000 nests.
This is a sure sign that sea turtle conservation in Georgia is having a positive outcome!
Follow state and beach nesting updates at seaturtle.org. #7Days4SeaTurtles is a weeklong outreach by DNR Wildlife Resources Division to raise awareness of sea turtle conservation.