There is a new mania on the island! I walk my dog Cashew every morning on the beaches of Sea Pines for the past 7 years. Tourists get excited about coming here and we residents get excited about the sea turtles nesting. This morning we caught a glimpse of a mom laying her eggs and caught her going back into the ocean. See photo below. According to www.seaturtle.org/nestdb/?view_beach=73 which is Hilton Head, we currently have 57 loggerhead nests, 27 false crawls and 1 green turtle nest. They have had to relocate 17 nests so far and 41 are "In Situ", which I suppose mean they remain where she buried them.

The Coastal Discovery Museum will introduce a new program in June Through August every THURSDAY at 1 p.m. Sea turtles live an extraordinary life. You can explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from eggs to adulthood.  This family friendly indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain. Cost is $10 adult, $5 child ages 4-12 and reservations are required by calling 843.6767 ext. 223. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive.

And for those like me that have gotten the turtle bug, you can adopt-a-nest! The program is run by coastaldiscovery and will provide the Museum with important funds to help support educational programs which inspire people to care for the Lowcountry. This fund raising program offers two levels of adoption and can be a perfect gift or souvenir. For a $25 donation you receive a certificate of adoption, a sea turtle souvenir, email updates, pictures on nest progress, and a final report on your nest's production. For a $50 donation - all of the prior items plus an official Museum sea turtle t-shirt. There is an application to fill out as a PDF file so go to https://www.coastaldiscovery.org/home/discover-a-cause/sea-turtles/ 

And remember, do NOT disturb the nests and PLEASE fill all sand holes dug during your stay. ENJOY!

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ochsner


(843) 816-6388


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