Under the light of the Milky Way, Scarlett laid her 3 rd nest of the season on the west end of South Beach. After depositing her eggs and covering them ever so carefully, the STPT jumped into action and corralled her as she was heading back into the water. Once Scarlett settled within the corral, our Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, Paul Hillbrand, started cleaning off her carapace to make it a more suitable surface for the installation of the tag. Once the tag was in place the team waited for the tagging material to set and then released Scarlett back into the ocean! Upon her return to the ocean, Scarlett hung out off South Beach for 10-14 days before heading over to East Beach to lay her 4th nest of the 2021 season.
We have been fortunate enough to follow Scarlett’s journey north from Bald Head Island. Scarlett is currently hanging off the coast of Assateague Island, MD, between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay.