A National Geographic WILD film crew visited our beaches last week to capture a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest emergence on camera. After five days of braving thunderstorms and pulling all-nighters, the crew was finally successful on their last night. Early Sunday morning, they recorded a partial nest emergence of 12-16 hatchlings.

“Just goes to show that persistence pays off,” said Scott Eastman, biologist at the GTM Research Reserve.

The crew was in awe as the newborns made their way to the ocean, saying it was one of the greatest wildlife moments they had ever captured on film. Thank you to the persistent film crew who shared this moment with us!

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