It was a beautiful evening for a double header! With the low humidity, it was pleasant doing both inventories with small, interested groups at each. Thanks to Kathy S. and Lori for their great photography!
DEB24 Relocated 6/24 south #9mm Trisha dug out the nest contents as Lourdes sorted the contents into categories. 2 hatchlings, both with left flipper issues. They were released to crawl on the beach but had to be escorted past the breakers by Mark. 73.5% HS
DEB25 Relocated 6/22 south #8mm Lori dug out her first chamber and doing a good job and passing contents to Kathy S. and Michael for the sorting/counting. The one and only hatchling she excavated was a leucistic turtle. This condition is a lack of pigmentation (similar to albinism) that leaves these turtle at a disadvantage as they are not able to camouflage as well and are prone to sunburn. We also had a leucistic hatchling at an inventory last year (2021 photo). In spite of this disadvantage, the DEB25 hatchling was frisky and made it’s way quickly to the ocean! 70% HS