Turtle Patrol Inventories Wednesday & Thursday

Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol has announced the following inventories:

Nest 27 inventory has been rescheduled to 7:30 am on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. Nest 27 is located about 265 yards north of Boardwalk 3 which is the nearest beach access.

Nest 24 and Nest 26 inventories are scheduled for 7:30 am on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Both nests are located 400 yards north of Boardwalk 1. However, due to low tide, the public walkway will be set up near Boardwalk 1 which is the nearest beach access.

Click here to see a map showing the location of the boardwalks.

Scheduled inventories can be accessed here.

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