Two perpetrators apparently snuck up onto the beach several hours ago during the early morning and made a deposit. This time of year, if conditions are right, the returning turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. I don't exactly know how they're able to navigate back to the same beaches they were born at to do this although that is what they do year after year.
It's usually a midnight mission and requires that our man made illumination be at a minimum before they make their way to the dry sand. On the way "up" the beach they are very wary and can be startled easily then turn and lumber their way back into the ocean. Once the egg laying begins there's no turning around until the deed is done. It is then that the huge turtles seem more tolerant of people watching the progress from just a few feet away.
When you look at this photo you can see the two "V" shaped marks in the sand. What's interesting is that I believe one was scared away and the other which arrived a short time before accomplished her goal. They're both long gone before the sunrise but their telltale presence remains.
From the lower "V" it looks as if the tide was higher upon arrival. Egg laying is not a quick process for the mom. Now judging from the length of the other 3 paths the timing is likely within about 15 minutes apart from each other which is why I think the upper turtle came and went for some reason. Know that she'll be back to try again as these magnificent sea creatures have been doing for thousands of years.
My guess is that these were Loggerheads which can be as large as 400 lbs. and make their nests from May through August. The hatchlings pop out of the sand around 60 days later typically in an entire bunch because they know there is safety in numbers. By October the miracle is over in most cases but if you can brave a Summer visit you could get a chance to watch nature's beauty up close and personal. It's an experience that you or your children will not soon forget!
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