The General and I went down to Ft. Fisher to hang out at the beach for the morning. We decided to go to our own “private beach” – we parked at the state park bathhouse in Ft. Fisher and walked about a quarter mile south of the crowds. It’s quiet and peaceful.
On our way down, we stumbled across a freshly made sea turtle nest. I had never seen one of these before! We marveled at the 2 paths – one to the nest, the other leading back into the ocean – and the mere size of the next. We assume it was so big to throw off predators as to where the clutch was.
Because sea turtles are endangered, we decided to alert the authorities. No sooner had we decided to head back to the lifeguard station, and a NC park ranger showed up with a truck to mark off the nest and record it (it will be watched to ensure the eggs hatch and baby turtles are counted).
Brings a whole new meaning to “Takin’ the kids to the beach!”