Its been said that turtles visit the VERY beach where they were first laid as eggs by the mother. For some reason these creatures have the natural GPS encoded in their genes so they are able to hone in on that particular body of water and make that journey to lay their eggs there.
The natural processes at play here is much in the same way as another species, the Salmon. Everyone I think is familiar with the life cycle of a Salmon. When Salmon gets to maturity to spawn they go back to that source of water where they themselves were hatched. Sadly for the adult fishes, they die after assuring the continuous survival of their species.
Thank goodness, turtles don’t die after they’ve laid that first batch!
This particular visitor came around April 20. Due to its size we believe it might be in the same batch of hatchlings as the one caught and tagged a year ago. I hope s/he comes back when I’m there so we can tag it too. It would be nice to find out how many times an individual turtle shows up at the beach.
If this one is a female and had laid eggs the nest won’t be very far from our doorsteps.
How neat is that? 😉