New moon with the turtles

The evening of October 8th, the night of the new moon, our new volunteers had their first turtle training! As sea turtles nest better in darkness, we arrived at the Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC) at 10 PM and stayed until 1 AM. It was a great night for nesting, and our volunteers helped collect hundreds of eggs. Our biologist, Alejandro Peña, was particularly excited to have helped a struggling turtle with only 3 fins to dig her nest -- only the second time he’s done this since the STPCC began in 1983! Once the eggs have hatched we will be able to release the hatchlings back into the wild. It was a great start to the turtle season!