For almost forty years, Boca Raton’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program has monitored sea turtle nesting activity on Boca Raton beaches. While the majority of sea turtles nest at night, occasionally a sea turtle will come ashore during daylight hours to lay her eggs. On Thursday (May 2) afternoon, one leatherback turtle did just that, despite the torrential rain.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Maine Conservationist, Kirt Rusenko, was called to the site in Spanish River Park by Boca Raton Ocean Rescue. “I arrived to witness a large, healthy leatherback sea turtle laying her eggs in the sand. After about an hour, she completed her nest and returned to the ocean. Usually a daytime nesting sea turtle would draw a crowd; however, the severe weather kept people off the beach.”