Join us for the inventory of Nest #15 on Friday (July 31) at 7 p.m. on the beach near 611 East Arctic. A second inventory may be added — more news on Facebook page. Hope to see you there!
The first set of tracks were beautiful, but maddening … a long crawl into the rock seawall at Summer Place. Momma Turtle probably mistook it for a dune line. She even attempted to bump against the obstruction seeking a good option nearby. Finding none, she next headed inland and found the emergency ramp where she attempted to dig an egg chamber in accumulated sand. She soon hit the boards underneath, abandoned the site and went back to the ocean.
Disappointing is an understatement.
Another beautiful set of tracks was found on the inlet, and these did lead to a nesting site. Again, not the best choice, so Allison and Patti made sure to improve conditions for this clutch by moving the eggs to a less vulnerable location on higher ground.
What a morning for firsts for Allison!
And ANOTHER in situ … wow! The turtles are going to put us out of the moving business with these good site choices. Thanks to Bob for finding and confirming Nest 37.
Michelle took on the extra challenge of finding the unmarked nest and putting what few field signs were still visible together to complete the puzzle and confirm the eggs.
Lesson learned! Never expect the beach to look like you left it — even for a couple of hours.
Thanks for your expert help, Michelle!
Looks like we missed taking photos again, but still wanted to acknowledge the arrival of #35 … another very welcome, easy-peasy in situ nest found and confirmed by Cindy W. It always feels good to be able to leave a nest where the Momma Turtle laid it.
Thanks to Susan Z and Ann for taking care of two nests in the County Park: one in situ and one relocation. It’ll be interesting to see if they hatch on the same date, too.
Folks on Folly have seen quite a few loggerhead sea turtles nesting this season at all hours of the dark. We’re grateful for the calls, even the middle of the night ones, but some folks have gone too far in attempting to help turtles and protect nests.
Please know that whether we receive a call or not, we will be on the scene by dawn if not earlier.
It is not necessary or advisable to place obstructions around a nest.
In two cases, well-meaning folks have decorated nest sites with sand sculptures, drawn circles around body pits and used a lifeguard stand to “protect the nest from surf coming in eventually.”
These actions result in the loss of field signs and complicate the confirmation of a nest. They help nothing. Depending upon when the actions are taken, they could also disturb and disorient the nesting turtle or others emerging in the same area.
What’s the best etiquette when seeing a sea turtle on the beach?
Keep your distance (20 feet away is a good minimum).
Reduce movement and noise.
Do not take flash photographs or use any type of lighting.
Do not obstruct the turtle’s path back to the ocean in any way.
Do not help to protect the nest.
Call Folly’s Public Safety Dispatch to report the nest location: 843-588-2433.
Sea turtles and their nests are protected by local, state and federal laws. Be watchful, enjoy the amazing experience, but please practice restraint. Under normal circumstances, nesting sea turtles do not need our help … just our respect for their use of the beach.
Thanks very much for your cooperation.
Marlene and Linda took care in moving Nest 31’s 95 eggs from a tide-vulnerable site in County Park to a much safer location. Hard work, well-done! Thank you!