A turtle walk with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society shouldn't be missed. The walks usually only occur through the month of June because they try not to disturb the turtles nesting season, so you have to be here at the right time of year. Everyone gathers at the meeting place (it changes from year to year.) Members of the Society go out to the beach to find turtles that are coming in to lay eggs. While they are looking for the turtles, a member gives an educational talk about the different types of turtles and their habits. As soon as someone radios in that they have found a turtle or turtles, the group hurries onto the beach and walks quickly to the place where the turtle is laying its eggs. An older person might have some trouble keeping up because the group does walk pretty fast in the sand. We had 2 six-year-olds and a 7-year-old with us. We had warned them in advance that they would have to be very quiet and still in order not to disturb the turtle and they did really well. The leader of our group took the 3 of them very close to the turtle and shined a red light on the place was the turtle was laying the eggs so they got an especially good look. Then the rest of us, a few at a time, got to get a little closer for a better look. Afterward watching her for about 3/4 hr., (it takes a long time for the turtle to dig the nest, lay the eggs, and cover them up sometimes) we headed back to our starting point. On the way back we saw another loggerhead turtle and a green turtle, one of them coming in to lay eggs and one going back into the ocean. The children were thrilled with the whole thing, as were the adults.
If you are the impatient sort, this is not for you. It is a slow unfolding of real nature and everyone in our party thought it was an excellent adventure. We have been twice on the turtle walks and both times have seen 3 or more turtles. However, if lightning or rain starts, the walk will be cancelled, because of the danger of lightning strikes.
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