Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol Report for Aug 3 – Aug 19

It has been a (mostly) quiet, hot, and buggy week on the peaceful shores of Seabrook Island. No new nests were found this week so we remain at 40 nests for the season.

There have been a few inventories with excellent results. These inventories provide data that helps the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) be more effective and bring joy to numerous beachgoers. Please keep an eye on Tidelines to find out when the next inventory will take place.

Usually, loggerhead sea turtle eggs have an incubation period of about 60 days but in keeping with the unusual year we are having, Nest 11 took 68 days and Nest 27 only took 45. Apparently, these turtles are trying to keep us on our toes.

Please feel free to approach the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrollers in their colorful shirts while they do whatever they can to help out the turtles in the early morning hours. They have a wealth of knowledge and are very happy to talk about these marvelous creatures.

Watch the early morning boil our walkers saw of Nest 25 on August 17, 2023 by clicking here.

So many wonderful encounters on the beach this week from armadillos to zany deer as well as remarkable sunrises but the big news this week was a spectacular early morning boil of Nest 25! Thanks to everyone that helped us chase off seagulls and encourage the young hatchlings on the start of their amazing journey. Special thanks to Judy Lozanoff for her serendipitous arrival with her new camera and the marvelous pictures she has graciously contributed.

-Submitted by Annie Snelgrove, Seabrook island Turtle Patrol

(Image credit: Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol