Rain showers did not stop baby shower

A little drizzle could not deter more than 100 residents and visitors of the area from gathering to celebrate the 6th Annual Sea Turtle Baby Shower at Landshark Landing Saturday, Aug. 13.

As of last count Pensacola Beach has seen more than 1,900 hatchlings make it to the water and record numbers of nests are expected to hatch soon.

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center joined in the fun to promote safety for our beach’s nests as well. Sale of refillable water cups at the event were going to raise funds for the center, but rain cut short that part of the event.

The idea started in 2010 when Holiday Inn Express General Manager Beverly McCay got the news she was expecting.

Expecting baby turtles that is.

The first nest of the 2010 season on Pensacola Beach had been found on the hotel’s property, and an ecstatic McCay said she emailed everyone she thought should know with the good news.

The reply: we should have a baby shower.

“It started as a party, so I’m thinking a baby shower like with some friends and a punch bowl,” she said. “But it just kind of took off. We had a meeting, and it just snowballed.”

Organizations including the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Audubon Society, Pensacola Beach Advocates, Gulf Island Authority and sea turtle patrols came together for family-friendly activities and education at the beach front hotel.

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Bella Afanasjeba-Flores, 5, finished first in the 1-2-3 Nest Challenge. She used her nose to bury marshmallow turtle eggs in pudding and graham crackers crumb sand using her nose and mouth to simulate what mother turtle’s go through to lay their eggs on the beach. Event organizer Beverly McCay said she had never seen anyone finish so fast.

Bella Afanasjeba-Flores, 5, finished first in the 1-2-3 Nest Challenge. She used her nose to bury marshmallow turtle eggs in pudding and graham crackers crumb sand using her nose and mouth to simulate what mother turtle’s go through to lay their eggs on the beach. Event organizer Beverly McCay said she had never seen anyone finish so fast.

Children of all sizes checked their measure against the life-size sea turtle scale, similar to the one found in the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

Children of all sizes checked their measure against the life-size sea turtle scale, similar to the one found in the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

Meg the Mermaid tells little girls all about keeping the Gulf of Mexico clean for the local wildlife.

Meg the Mermaid tells little girls all about keeping the Gulf of Mexico clean for the local wildlife.

 

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