In September 2008, Oceana's online editor Emily Fisher traveled to Bald Head Island, North Carolina hoping to see loggerhead sea turtles hatch. She chronicled her trip on the Oceana blog, read her dispatches below and see photos on Flickr.
Part 1: On her first night on the beach, Emily struggles to stay awake past midnight.
Part 2: Emily wakes up bright and early to attend a sobering sea turtle funeral.
Part 3: The magical moment finally happens -- a "full boil."
Part 4: Watching the excavation of nest #89 in the hopes of seeing any last stragglers make it to sea.
Part 5: Emily visits a sea turtle rehabilitation center on Topsail Island, NC.