Enjoy this enlightening presentation on the plight of the loggerhead sea turtle. Watch as the mother turtle emerges from the ocean and makes her way to the dunes to dig her nest and lay her clutch of eggs. Learn about Kiawah's thriving Turtle Patrol and their efforts to preserve this amazing species. Watch as the hatchlings emerge from the nest and make their way to the sea.
Loggerhead sea turtles are one of Kiawah Island’s most iconic and noble species. They pre-date even dinosaurs, making them one of the oldest species on earth. For thousands of years these huge creatures have been making their way to our beach as they continue to play their part in the circle of life.
Kiawah is proud to have actively hosted these nesting mothers in large numbers for 40 years. Early efforts by a group of University of South Carolina students have morphed into an impressive current day Turtle Patrol.
Today’s dedicated volunteers, with funding from the Town of Kiawah Island, patrol the beach from May until the last nest has hatched. They locate and mark new nests. They excavate and inventory hatches. They keep detailed records and submit a report annually to the South Carolina Department of Natural resources adding to our growing body of knowledge.
Kiawah residents and visitors alike continue to be fascinated by these amazing creatures.
WHAT PART CAN YOU PLAY?
* Remember “Lights out for sea turtles. ”Mothers and hatchlings are confused and disoriented by artificial light.
* Resist the urge to touch hatchings. They need to make the trek to the sea under their own steam.
* Report sea turtle sightings to local authorities or the Department of Natural Resources in your area (on Kiawah Island report sightings to Town Hall at 843-768-9166)
* Consider joining a Turtle Patrol
* Commit to playing an active role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature and development.