With the nest partially excavated, hatchlings start to emerge.

Some help out and kept safe until dusk and release to the awaiting ocean.

Slow shutter fails to freeze flippers and sand slides.

Sand sample for future data considerations.

Although sleep deprived from ongoing nest duty and inundated with qurious public Cheryl, still has a smile to share.

Emily getting a shot from above:

The excavation might have been a bit premature for a few of these turtles who had yet to vacate their shells

but they appeared game to let nature start their clocks regardless.

This tyke's carapace still "wet" from its egg time.

Sequence shots show it was on the move none the less.

I did take a short video of a couple emerging from the nest:

And one short clip of one getting embraced by the ocean: