How does a turtle walk work?
Mark your calendar for April 1st to book this experience. Spaces go quickly! There are long waiting lists. Phone: 772-546-2067. I called on April 1st and was able to choose my date with no problem.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from end of May-July. Spotting a turtle is not guaranteed.
You meet at the nature center at 8:30, check-in, pay $5 (or a larger donation), tour the refuge.
9:00pm- You receive instructions about the walk and watch an educational DVD about turtles.
9:30pm- You drive about 2 miles to Hobe Sound public beach and you wait in the pavillion until the volunteer scouts spot a turtle. BRING POWERFUL BUG SPRAY just in case.
There were many turtles nesting at 9:30pm when we were there. The scouts wait for the turtles to dig their holes before approaching with the group. We don't want to spook them. The turtle walkers allow kids on their knees closest to the turtles to see the nesting experience while the adults make a horseshoe behind the turtle. It lasts approximately 1 hour.
Seeing a 250 pound Loggerhead lay her approx. 100 eggs, the sticky tears coming out of her eyes to keep out sand, and the sheer power and strength it takes her to cover the nest is exciting for all ages. My kids were allowed to touch her shell. When they touched the shell, bioluminescence occurred! It was like something out of Avatar. Bioluminescence is the aquamarine glow-in-the-dark plankton.
The scouts are knowledgeable and passionate about educating the public.
As the turtle enters the ocean, everyone cheers. Feeling the night breeze and listening to the waves as she swims off is magical. What an uplifting and touching experience for all ages.
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