|Those little tufts of green are red mangrove seedlings. We planted 9 north of the dock and about 15 to the south.
Our biggest concern with the sea wall is that it is a barrier to sea turtles coming ashore to nest. I can sooth my conscience a little bit by recognizing that before the sea wall, they couldn't come ashore right here any longer because the sea had eaten away the sloped shoreline and left behind a vertical cliff. But what we want to do is to re-establish a shore that the turtles nest along. To that end, we are tryng out what I call turtle ramps. The ramps will require ongoing maintenance to keep them turtle friendly, but we can do that.
|The turtle ramp needs a lot of attention before June when the turtles might start to explore potential nest sites. It is basically a low spot in the sea wall with a shallow slope the turtles can crawl up.
We did have at least one turtle successfully access the area above the sea wall this past nesting season. I'm not sure if she came up the turtle ramp or crawled along the shore from north of the sea wall.
|Natural beach to the north of our sea wall. It is very attractive to turtles!
There was quite a bit of nesting activity to the north of the sea wall and I saw evidence of 3 successful hatchings even though I didn't see any actual baby turtles. We keep that part of the shore free of barriers such as fallen trees, washed up trash, etc.
|Enlarge to see lots of little fishies in the water!