Last weekend we attempted to complete #10 on our list of 13 in 13. After studying the information posted on the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch website, we drove to Fernandina Beach on Friday and checked out the nests around Main Beach Park. We decided on this part of the beach based on the number of nests, dates eggs were laid in the nests, and our ability to ride bikes on this stretch of the beach. Riding bikes enabled us to cover more than three miles of beach in our search for hatchlings.
Friday evening we surveyed the nests taking note of which ones were most likely to hatch, and then on Saturday before sunrise, we rode from south of Main Street Park to Fort Clinch in search of newly hatched sea turtles making their way to the ocean.
We found eggs shells. We spied turtle tracks. We did not see any hatchlings. We were too late.
We noted the location of nests likely to hatch in the next few weeks so we can make a return trip for another attempt.
While we failed to see hatching sea turtles, we enjoyed riding bikes on the beach.
We witnessed a gorgeous sunrise.
And we have a excuse for another trip to the beach.