Sand fencing and sea grass seedlings are now in place along most of Folly’s beachfront to catch blowing sand that will build a dune line.
That’s the hope as these last two steps in the Army Corps of Engineers $30 million renourishment of Folly Beach are finally completed.
What will it mean for Folly’s sea turtle nesting season?
At first, maybe not much more than lots of obstructions to bump into as turtles try to navigate from the ocean to a potential nesting site. Two strips of fencing are connected to 3 posts in a V-shape that faces the ocean to enable turtles to move between fence sections and to guide them back to the water. It mostly works. Some turtles never reach the fencing, some follow the V, and some go beyond the fencing. It’s just another thing on the beach to work around.
Single strips of fencing have also been placed perpendicular to the ocean at public access walkovers in an attempt to accumulate sand in high traffic areas. This is a new configuration that will be monitored carefully to see if and how turtles follow these fence lines.
By the end of the season, assuming no storm events, there will likely be good evidence of sand accumulation along and behind the sand-fencing, and sea grass seedlings will be a few feet taller as their roots take hold.
It’s a beautiful thing to see human engineering work with Nature.
We are so grateful to David Goldstein for supporting Folly’s Turtles through an exhibition of his art which will be shown at Sherry Browne’s gallery STUDIO OPEN, 103 West Erie near Center Street.
The exhibition opening is Thursday, November 13th from 5-8 p.m. In addition to his amazing oil paintings, David is making a very special t-shirt available for sale. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to our Folly Beach Turtle Watch program.
The exhibition runs through December 15th. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Dunes Properties is hosting a first annual corn hole tournament at Folly River Park on Saturday, November 8. They are generously donating proceeds to us for our educational programs and to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium.
For more information, please see their announcement at
THANK YOU, Dunes Properties!
A few FANTASTIC photos taken by Lisa at a recent inventory, as “straggler” hatchlings face their new home for the first time.
Two nests in the 1100 East block have hatched and are scheduled for inventory tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 10th at 7 p.m.
Feel free to join us on the beach near 1105 East Arctic to find out the results of these two nests.
The SC Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program released 3 rehabilitated sea turtles at the Folly Beach County Park on Friday, September 5 at 11 a.m.
One of the turtles released was “Blu”, a Kemps Ridley beauty that swallowed a fisherman’s hook at the Folly Pier on July 11. Blu had surgery to remove the hook, was able to eat well again and was happily returned to the ocean by our own Linda B. who also volunteers in the Sea Turtle Hosptial at the Aquarium.
In celebration of Blu’s release, Blu Restaurant at The Tides hotel donated 10% of their lunch service proceeds to the Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Nice!
We are SO PROUD and SO HUMBLED to wear a reminder of your generosity toward Folly’s turtles on our Crew t-shirts.
Thank you for your kind support and your amazing example of the positive power of anonymous giving.
We strongly suspect that Folly will end the season with the 22 nests that have already been laid.
It’s been over 3 weeks since the last “incoming” tracks were found. That’s usually a good indicator that the momma turtles have finished their work and have moved on for some well-deserved R&R.
We’re now in the hatching phase of the season with hatchlings having emerged from six nests. Inventory results have been very good so far.
During this hatching time, we ask folks to remember to RESPECT THE NESTS by leaving them alone, and to practice LIGHTS OUT FOR HATCHLINGS.
If you encounter a stray hatchling or see signs of turtle activity, please call Folly’s Public Safety 843-588-2433 to report the location.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!
Cindy thought it was pretty thrilling to finally encounter one nest after many weeks of walking and seeing “nothing” (our word for the season).
As she was working to find and relocate the eggs in Nest #21, folks walking the beach said “You have another one!”
What? Wow. We only had a couple of days with multiple nests this season. Surely it’s a false crawl.
But, no. A second (”twenty-second” to be exact) nest was confirmed about 100 yards from the first.
Both turtles had the same behavior — crawl to the wrack line, create a small body pit, dig a nest, deposit eggs and return to the ocean. It was that “crawl to the wrack line” that signaled “relocation needed” to Cindy and Nancy.
Both clutches were moved to new, above the high tide line sites nearby.
Cindy, Lexi and Nancy enjoyed the company of wonderful visitors from Harrodsburg, KY and from Minnesota. Thanks so much for your interest and for sharing this great 2-nest morning with us.
Because of the bad behavior of people who dug into Nest #1 and disturbed the eggs on Saturday night, there will be NO INVENTORY TONIGHT.
The inventory of Nest #1 scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight (Sunday, July 27) is CANCELLED.
SEA TURTLES and THEIR NESTS ARE PROTECTED BY STATE AND FEDERAL LAW. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW to DISTURB NESTS, EGGs, and LIVE or DEAD SEA TURTLES.
PLEASE help the turtles by sharing that information and reporting any nest disturbances that you see. Thank you.