Tag: turtle

Sep 22 2018

Oops! Sometimes We Miss One

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News Sometimes loggerheads come ashore and crawl around without laying any eggs. On the morning of July 7 there were tracks in Wild Dunes at Shipwatch, at Ocean Club Villas, at Ocean Point and at Dunecrest Lane. But none of them had the characteristic “body pit” where the turtle …

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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 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 13 2018

Keep Beach Lights Out To Protect Sea Turtle Hatchlings

By Erin Weeks for Island Eye News The 2018 sea turtle hatching season is underway in South Carolina – and due to dune erosion, state wildlife officials say it’s more important than ever to keep artificial lights off the beach. Beginning in May of each year, four sea turtle species come ashore to lay eggs …

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Jul 09 2018

Rent A Boat/Save A Turtle

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News “Rent a Boat/Save a Turtle” – this is what Adrian Honeycutt of Phoenix, AZ said after the experience her family had on Capers Island on June 20. She and her husband and children were visiting here with relatives on Daniel Island and Summerville and rented a boat …

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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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May 29 2018

South Carolina Aquarium’s First Turtle Release Of The Season

By Mimi Wood for The Island Eye News A crowd of 300 spectators, fans and well wishers gathered at the Isle of Palms County Park on May 10 for the first turtle release of 2018. Staff and volunteers from the South Carolina Aquarium were on hand to facilitate the event. Using the opportunity to help …

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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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