Newly Hatched Baby Turtle Sighting
November 7, 2014
Category: Student Blogs
EDITOR'S NOTE: The freshmen West Teaching Scholars took a Teambuilding Retreat to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach during fall break.
While on the boat going toward our Eco cruise destination to Masonboro Island, an island sanctuary in Wrightsville Beach, NC, our tour guide, Captain Joe Abbatte, stated that many varieties of turtles near Wrightsville Beach have been decreasing in number over the past several years.
As evidence for this, Captain Joe said that there were only 15 turtle nests found on the island this year, whereas there had been as many as 40 nests in previous years. Therefore, it came as a surprise to me when I saw a baby turtle walking along the shoreline on the island. I told Captain Joe about the baby turtle, and he was extremely surprised to discover that one was moving across the beach. When we boarded the boat to return to Wrightsville Beach, Captain Joe stated that, in his 20 years’ experience as a biologist, this was the first time he observed a newly-hatched baby turtle going toward the ocean. This was a very special moment for me and everyone else who had the opportunity to see this extremely rare occurrence.