In the 2 prior seasons I’ve been on the beach at night to protect and rescue the sea turtle hatchlings, I had never seen a nesting mother. But, this season started off with a big surprise.
My husband and I sit behind a nest facing that has been staked and ribboned off…usually about a six foot diamond, facing the ocean. About 10 pm one night in early July, we saw the dark shape of a nesting sea turtle mother coming out of the water.
She zig zagged slightly as she made her way back to the nest where we were sitting. Her last zag took her to the eastern-most stake and she swatted it down and crossed over the tape now laying across the nest.
Once she was ‘in’ she proceeded to throw the sand around as she dug her own nest…yes, on top of the existing nest.
We are still sitting there, about 5 feet from her. She is oblivious. And we are rapt with glee. Ring side seat!
It took her about an hour to complete her task, ending with some more flying sand flung on top of her and the hole she had dug.
When she was done, she pivetted in a wide arc and made her way back to sea.
The sea turtle on this post is part of the 6×6″ block series. I would like to get 9 of them painted and display altogether on the wall, 3 piece square. We’ll see if I can get this done amongst everything else I’m doing at the moment.