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The Turtle Nest

Baby Loggerhead

Welcome to The Turtle Nest!  We (the turtles and I) are so glad you are here!  This site was created to spread the word about endangered loggerhead turtles.  The experiences, photos, and information shared on this web site have been obtained through participating in the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol program.  Please sit back, relax, and "surf" with the turtles!

2014 Turtle Season

September 3, 2014 ~ It seems that the final number for this nests this season on Kiawah is 125.

Here is a great article about the coyote problem with our turtles. Please click here to read it.

FIVE nests have been COMPLETELY destroyed by coyotes. Several nests have also been predated by coyotes, both before AND after they were laid. Apparently the coyotes have figured out how to identify the nests, even AFTER the initial nesting. It's a distressing time for sea turtles on Kiawah. All nests in Zone 3 and in Zone 4 have been screened for the remainder of the summer. Hopefully that will cut down on post-nesting predation from the coyotes. Sadly there is no way to prevent the coyotes from locating nests BEFORE turtle patrol has a chance to screen them. That is a real problem, and is by far responsible for the largest nest/egg loss.

Over a dozen nests have been badly predated by coyotes, resulting in the loss of HUNDREDS of eggs. Two nests have been totally destroyed. Here is an example of what a nest looks like after a coyote has visited it. This one isn't as badly damaged as some....

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August 1, 2014 ~ Please NEVER disturb a turtle nest in ANY way! It is a crime unless you have a licensed permit from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Turtle patrollers are trained & know what to do. Digging or searching through a nest could kill or injure the hatchlings!
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140801/PC16/140809951/1006/best-of-intentions-disturbance-of-folly-sea-turtle-nest-still-a-crime

June 6, 2014 ~ It is another success for the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium! Amelia was released June 6, 2014. Please click here to see a short video of the release.

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LIGHTS OUT FOR SEA TURTLES!

Did you know?

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta Caretta, was designated as the official reptile of the State of South Carolina by the General Assembly on June 1, 1988, by Act No. 588.

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