Lawai Kai Sea Turtle Nesting Update

On August 9th, NTBG staff, state and federal conservation partners excavated two Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Nests at Lawai Kai. One nest was viable and the other failed likely due to high tides and surf. Staff and their families were invited to witness the release of the eight hatchlings.

Researchers suggest that as the impact of climate change and sea-level rise affect the northwest Hawaiian Islands, more turtles will come to nest on Kauai and the other main Hawaiian islands. Research is ongoing to determine if the females nesting on Lawai Kai are returning to the beach where they were born more than 20 years ago.

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