NEVER PUSH OR ATTEMPT TO ASSIST STRANDED ANIMALS BACK TO THE WATER! More harm can be done and it is illegal without proper permits. 

2009: Nest 13 & False Crawl 6

This was nest #13 and false crawl #6.  I got a call from EMS saying that a many who lived there was very upset, and he did call me later, as people were taking flash pictures and shinning flash lights onto a sea turtle as she tried to come ashore.  She turned and went back toward the Gulf and then really needed to nest so she turned back toward the dunes to only again encounter the flashes and flashlights and go back into the water.  Oh, what the people could have watched if they had only stayed back and not shone there lights on her.  Oh my don’t they listen.  The real amazing fact to this story is that the false crawl and the nest were two DIFFERENT sea turtles.  We had no other nest today so I do hope the false crawl sea turtle did not abort her eggs into the Gulf.


Nest # 13 has hatched and been dug.  There were 72 hatchlings out of nest, 31 with no obvious and 15 that had been depredated by a dog or coyote so survival is 61%