While today included all of the regular beach things (i.e., going to the beach, swimming in the ocean, tanning, etc.), I was witness to something truly extraordinary this evening. I watched a sea turtle nest excavation. The nest officially hatched 3 nights ago, which was considerably earlier than they had initially predicted, for August 24. This evening, they had two people dig out the nest and retrieve any remaining hatchlings and survivors that could not crawl out on their own. There were 18 turtles left in the nest alive. Daniel suggested that a major obstacle for them came two nights ago, when it rained heavily and packed down the sand, making it difficult for them to crawl out on their own. This seems like a plausible explanation, since last year when we watched a nest excavation there were probably no more than 10 (probably fewer) that made it out alive.
Bald Head Island Day 4 (Sea Turtles!!)