It is officially turtle season! We are all so excited at the Edisto Beach State Park to welcome back our nesting loggerhead sea turtles. We actually began the season early this year as on April 26th, Kiawah found a loggerhead nest and Hilton Head had a nesting Kemp’s Ridley in the morning. A nesting Kemp's Ridley is extremely rare! This is only the 4th ever recorded nest in the state of South Carolina.
We are trying to be patient for our turtles to arrive at our State Park beach. We know it is only a matter of days and then we will be busy. We have been enjoying the early morning rides down the beach and the beautiful sunrise.
Since it is turtle season again, it is so important for us to ensure they have a safe place to nest. We can do this by keeping a distance of 30 feet when seeing a nesting turtle on the beach, not using flashlights when walking the beach, keeping lights off that face the ocean in our beachfront homes, filling in holes we dig, knocking down sand castles, and taking all of our belongings with us when we leave the beach. We want our summer visitor to keep returning year after year, so let’s give her the respect she deserves.
Stay tuned to see when we get our first nest!
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