Turtle Patrol Inventory August 23 and 24

Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol will inventory Nest 55 on Tuesday, August 23 at 8:00 am and Nest 58 on Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00 am.

Nest 55 is located 200 yards north of the vehicle entrance at Camp St. Christopher. Boardwalk 9 is the nearest beach access. Nest 58 is located 25 feet north of the chapel at Camp St. Christopher. Boardwalk 9 is the nearest beach access.

The timing of this inventory may be modified without notice in the event of inclement weather.

Turtle hatchlings typically emerge from the nest during the night to avoid exposure to daytime predators such as seagulls. This is called a boil because it really does look like a boiling event when the baby turtles emerge all at once from the nest which is a hole in the sand.

About three days after the boil, the Turtle Patrol team performs an inventory. They count the empty shells as well as the eggs that have not hatched for a report to DNR. Sometimes, some of the hatchlings are still at the bottom of the nest and haven’t made it out yet. The inventory team helps these hatchlings down to the water’s edge where they can gather strength for their journey across the ocean. We can’t always promise there will be hatchlings to see, but when there are, it is very exciting!

We expect to continue to perform inventories until all nests are removed from the beach which typically occurs in mid-September.

-Submitted by Jane Magioncalda for SI Turtle Patrol