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!
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 843-588-2344 to report the location.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!
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.
We ended the 2007 season with 20 nests, and now, hopefully not quite finished, 2014 has 20 nests.
Many thanks to Allison and Carol for taking such good care of relocating the eggs to a new site, ensuring a better chance of successful hatchling development.
It’s often hard to project 55 days to the future hatch date and imagine what changes might occur to the Momma Turtle’s choice of nest site.
This one wasn’t that hard.
She had laid in the current wrack line, making the nest too vulnerable to higher tides. Eggs don’t develop in wet sand.
Thanks to Susie and Lisa for getting Nest #19 off to a great start!
The Momma Turtle had come ashore during a low tide and stayed awhile, but still had a long trek back to the ocean after she nested.
Her travels left the beautiful tracks that attracted Marlene, who followed them to Nest #18.
Because the turtle chose such a good site in a newly vegetated dune, Marlene and Linda were able to leave them in situ.