I am putting together an "End of the Season" video for the 2016 season to document how the season went!
If you have any video footage or photos I would love to see them to possibly put it in our video! I would like to get the video completed within the next couple weeks.
Feel free to e-mail me your videos & photos: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Coastal Clean-up event was held on September 17th!
We began the clean-up at 9am and spent a couple hours cleaning up Edisto!
Ida Tipton, from FRESPACE, is tallying up the numbers but there were a lot of cigarette butts, plastic bottles & plastic lids found. Fishing line, foam and aluminum cans were also picked up. Some of the more unusual pieces found were shingles, flip flops, teddy bear, toys, sunglasses, a broken chair and a bicycle tire.
There were 90 volunteers with 26 of those being junior high and highschool children. We cleaned up all of the beach and beach access from Bay Point to Jeremy Inlet, Bay Creek Park, Bay Creek, Highway 174 from Enterprise Bank to Botany Bay Road.
The groups participating: Edisto Beach State Park, FRESPACE (sponsored lunch), Low Country Leadership Charter School, Lions Club, Edisto Watersports, Wyndham Green Team and EdistoPride.
Botany Bay and their team of volunteers will be conducting a beach clean-up on Tuesday October 11th due to hunting season.
The Town of Edisto Beach picked up trash bags in town and Mayor Darby served the subway sandwiches.
Thanks to everyone who participated or supported the 2016 Beach & River Sweep in Edisto, it is really important to keep this paradise clean!
I was reading the Sea Turtle Conservancy blog when I came across their blog post: STC releases "Ahead of the Tide," A New Documentary About Sea Level Rise.
In this documentary, the focus is on the sea level rise and the implications for sea turtles and their nesting beaches in Florida. This documentary was created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy and CAVU, a non-profit organization that uses flight and film to educate people about critical conservation issues. See below for the documentary, it is definitely worth the watch! Also, click the link to go to the blog article on the sea turtle conservancy site for more information.
The season is winding down with less than 10 nests left on our state park beach. We will be done all the patrols on October 6th.
It has been an amazing season and I am so happy to have been a part of it this summer as the sea turtle specialist! I absolutely love my job. It is so rewarding working in the field of conservation and education.
Thank-you for everyone's support this summer!
See below for some of the latest photographs:
Thank-you again everyone for your support, it means so much to me (and the turtles of course!). I put together a video from the race day! I had so much fun and the day was filled with such positive energy.
Check out the video below! Also, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out on videos - click the button below!
Through the sea turtle conservancy, you can adopt various sea turtles! So I thought it would be fun to adopt a sea turtle for each turtle season.
So for the 2016 sea turtle patrol season we adopted, Kreacher! This loggerhead turtle is a sub-adult, weighing approximately 100 pounds. She went through rehab at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida after she was found on May 8th (one day after our first nest on Edisto).
She was treated for gastrointestinal issues. They found her floating and very distressed with moderate edema. Edema is a condition in which fluid collects in body cavities and tissues. After a CT scan was conducted, they found shells in her esophagus and her gastrointestinal tract, causing the buoyancy. After a good couple months of rehab she was feeling much better so they fitted her with a satellite tag, prior to her release. She was released on June 21st.
With this satellite tag we can see where Kreacher travels to. It is thought that Kreacher found a feeding ground as she seems to be hanging around the same area. See below for the satellite tracking of Kreacher, as well as our adoption certificate.
You can keep up to date with the travels of Kreacher by clicking the link below:
I've made it past $1000 raised!! But let's keep going!
We still have another day to raise funds before the race - all of the proceeds go towards the Charleston Sea Turtle Hospital!
Here is the link to the fundraising page:
The turtles and I thank-you for the support
On the beach the other morning I found a piece of rope washed up. I had recently purchased a bracelet from Planet Love Life - they bring light to marine debris awareness by making handmade items from recycled fishing nets & ropes with 100% of the profits benefiting beach clean-up projects.
I contacted them to see if they could create a bracelet from the rope I found and they said yes! So I have shipped them the rope and they will turn it into a bracelet! How neat is that? What a cool way to reuse the washed up debris found on our beaches.
Check out their website to learn more: www.planetlovelife.com
Sea Turtle Biologist