Category: Turtle Team

Jun 20 2018

Where Have All The Turtles Gone?

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Last year by mid June the Island Turtle Team had recorded close to 30 nests – 24 on the Isle of Palms and 5 on Sullivan’s Island. By July 1 there were 47 nests on these two islands. But it is quite a different story this season. …

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Jun 05 2018

Leatherback Turtle Nests On Isle Of Palms

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barbara Bergwerf For the first time in recorded history a leatherback turtle nested on the Isle of Palms on May 29. Every spring there are a few leatherback nests in the state. So our Turtle Team has always hoped to have one, and it finally …

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Nov 11 2017

Turtle Team Donates $5,000 To South Carolina Aquarium

Photo by the SC Aquarium for Island Eye News Every year the Island Turtle Team raises money to support the Sea Turtle Rescue program at the South Carolina Aquarium. (l-r) Barb Gobien, Barbara Bergwerf, Mary Pringle and Jo Durham, from the Turtle Team, delivered a check for $5000.00 to Mackenzi Polk, Sea Turtle Biologist.  

Oct 19 2017

Fans Gather For South Carolina Aquarium’s Last Turtle Release Of 2017

By Mimi Wood, The Island Eye News Staff Writer “It was AMAZING!”, marveled 7-year old Lorelai Hay, whose mother, Anastasiya, pulled her daughter out of school an hour early to see the “Final Four” released back into the Atlantic at the Isle of Palms County Park on Tuesday, October 3. The Hays, along with their …

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Sep 21 2017

Wave Dissipation Systems Not Harming Sea Turtles Designer Says

By Emma Woodham for The Island Eye News A federal judge recently ruled that the Wave Dissipation Systems on the Isle of Palms beach must be removed because they are preventing sea turtles from nesting, but WDS designer Deron Nettles argues that his turtle-friendly invention is doing more good than harm. The Wave Dissipation Systems—often …

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Sep 08 2017

Hurricanes And Sea Turtles

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Now that we are approaching the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, those of us who protect loggerhead nests not only begin to worry about our houses but also the fate of nests that are still in the dunes. The good news is that sea turtles have …

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Aug 22 2017

How Sea Turtles Help Our Ocean And Beach

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf We may not realize it but the presence of sea turtles in our world is important to our marine ecosystem in many ways. They have played an important role for over 100 million years in maintaining the health of the ocean and even …

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Jul 12 2017

Turtles In Trouble

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barbara Bergwerf In the last part of June there were three incidents that were troubling for the Turtle Team. First on June 21 we received a call from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) that someone had dug into Nest #7 laid on …

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Jun 23 2017

World Turtle Day At The South Carolina Aquarium

By Gregg Bragg, Island Eye News Staff Writer The staff of the South Carolina Aquarium (SCA) had their fins and flippers full in the run up to the May 27 grand opening of the new sea turtle hospital. The week prior boasted a raft of “soft” events associated with the new facility, which was famously catapulted …

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May 17 2017

Turtle Season Starts With A Bang

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News On Saturday morning, April 29, Captain Chris Wilson of Finaddict/Light Tackle Charters spotted a leatherback turtle entangled in a crab trap rope in Cove Inlet near the Sullivan’s Island boat landing. He reported it to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources hotline in Columbia (1.800.922.5431) and got …

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