Recent News


David’s Art Supports Folly’s Turtles

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Nov 9, 2014

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 Hosting “Battle of the Bags”

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Nov 7, 2014

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!

Hatchings, meet Ocean.

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Sep 13, 2014

A few FANTASTIC photos taken by Lisa at a recent inventory, as “straggler” hatchlings face their new home for the first time.





Wednesday Night Inventories

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Sep 9, 2014

nest-19-003Two 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.

STRP Patients Released on Folly

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Sep 2, 2014

2014releaselb22014release-lb2The 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!

Gratitude to 46546

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Sep 1, 2014

2014t46546We 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.


by The Folly Turtles Crew on Aug 17, 2014

2014n5h2014n7hnest-8-003We 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!

Nests #21 and #22

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 29, 2014


2014n222Cindy 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.


by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 27, 2014

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.


PLEASE help the turtles by sharing that information and reporting any nest disturbances that you see. Thank you.

Nest #20

by The Folly Turtles Crew on Jul 23, 2014

2014n20We’re so happy to report that the 2014 season will NOT be a record-making season for the lowest number of nests.

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.