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Aug 30 2018

Why Our Leatherback Eggs Did Not Hatch

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf Many people have asked how the Leatherback nest laid in Wild Dunes did. Unfortunately the inventory conducted on August 10 when it was 73 days old and overdue showed that none of the 95 large eggs showed any sign of embryonic development. While …

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Aug 24 2018

Sea Turtle CSI At Its Best

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News One of the most interesting things we get to do as Turtle Team members is to investigate the “scene of the crime” where a turtle has laid her eggs on the beach. We study the field signs to see where the eggs might be hidden, and we …

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Aug 20 2018

Dessert Crepes

By Marilyn Markel for The Island Eye News Dessert crepes are perfect to have on hand for summer desserts. You can make a batch and refrigerate the cooked crepes for several days or for several months in the freezer. If freezing freeze wrapped in smaller amounts such as 4 crepes on a wrapped package so …

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Aug 07 2018

No Way To Lay A Nest

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News When a female loggerhead sea turtle is ready to lay her eggs, she follows a very set group of instinctive behaviors. She looks from the surf to make sure there are no lights on the beach before crawling ashore. This is a very stressful undertaking and requires …

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Jul 20 2018

Strange But True Facts About Sea Turtles

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf Hot chicks and cool dudes. The sex of sea turtles is determined by the temperature in the middle third of the incubation time under the sand. The pivotal temperature for loggerheads is about 84 degrees Fahrenheit – above this for females and below …

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May 17 2018

Stuffed Peppers With Avocado Relish

By Marilyn Markel for The Island Eye News My husband made this last night and it was delicious. He originally made the ground beef for a taco salad and used the leftovers for this. The peppers could also be stuffed a day ahead and just reheated. There is no need to roast and peel the …

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Jul 28 2017

Espresso Brownies

By Marilyn Markel for Island Eye News Who does not like chocolate? These brownies are great for heading to the beach or having friends for brunch this summer. If you are taking on a picnic skip the ganache. If you are eating in add the decadent ganache and perhaps a little ice cream, caramel sauce …

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Jun 27 2017

Genetics Research Update

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News You may be aware that this is the 8th nesting season that the Island Turtle Team has taken DNA samples from every nest laid on our islands. This is a huge project involving all of the loggerhead nests in North and South Carolina and Georgia. Recently Dr. Brian …

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Jun 13 2017

The Things We Find On The Beach

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News Turtle Team members rise at dawn seven days a week to look for the telltale two-foot wide tracks of nesting loggerheads. But in addition to these, we often come across some very strange and wondrous discoveries. Some of these have been: • Portuguese Men of War and other …

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May 30 2017

Hundreds Of Eggs

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf Loggerhead turtles have begun to lay their eggs on our beaches. Last season seventeen different females laid 3,151 eggs on the Isle of Palms, and seven different females laid 1,305 eggs on Sullivan’s Island. We know this because of analysis of DNA samples taken …

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