Turtle Hatching Season Starts Soon

Sea turtle eggs will begin hatching soon at the beach. Our first nests this year were in early May and the turtle hatchlings will surface approximately 45 – 60 days later.

The baby turtles head towards the light reflecting on the water from the moon, but if they see other lights, they will head that direction.  That is why it is important to turn off all outdoor lighting facing seaward from 10:00 pm until dawn.

Also, when on the beach at dark, please use red filters or red lights on flashlights. If your flashlight doesn’t have a “red” option, you can buy red colored cellophane to use as a filter. The Turtle Patrol Truck has complementary red flashlight covers. For more information, click here.

Artificial white lights such as flashlights without filters should not be used on the beach at night. This includes flashlights on phones as well. Please share this with your guests and renters.

Tidelines, as well as the Turtle Patrol website http://www.siturtlepatrol.com/ will be posting dates and times when next inventories will take place. Most of the turtles come out of the nest on their own, but sometimes a few stragglers need help. Members of Turtle Patrol help them out and then take an inventory of the nest contents to report to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

If you are walking on the beach, please feel free to ask any Turtle Patrol member about turtles. They are the ones wearing neon greenTurtle Patrol shirts and will be glad to answer your questions.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

(Image credit- SI Turtle Patrol)

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