From time to time the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) will release turtles that have been rescued and rehabilitated from injuries.
Yesterday was the day. This photo and the next two are courtesy of the ARK since they were much better than the ones I took. Above is a shot from a drone showing the corridor formed to give the turtles a wide berth to the sea. (turnout is always good for the releases)
Volunteers in their green shirts are showing the turtles to spectators prior to release.
Here is a turtle staying hydrated until release.
This photo and the rest are mine. No release would be complete without some t-shirts which help raise funds for the ARK.
This is the time when Sea turtles begin to come ashore to lay their eggs. They do this from now until August. These moms return to the place where as hatchlings they initially entered the sea.
On Wednesday of this week, a Kemp-Ridley turtle returned to her release spot to lay her eggs. Just in time for Mother’s Day.
Here is a closer shot of her hard at work digging her nest. Once she is complete with the process which includes burying the eggs, volunteers will dig them up and take them to the sanctuary for safe hatching. They will then be released back to the Gulf. The rope will be tossed into the nest before she buries the eggs. This will ensure that the eggs can be easily found. This turtle laid over eighty eggs.
This is a photo of the trail she left on her way to her nest.
She makes a serpentine path.
Here is a close up of her marks in the sand. You can see how her shell makes groves.
To give you an idea of the distance, her nest is between the car on the left and the truck on the right. These vehicles belong to volunteers. I took this shot from the water.
Happy Mother’s Day to all.