• 2022 Hilton Head Sea Turtle Report – A Very Good Year!

    We are now at the end of the 2022 Sea Turtle season, and it was a good one. While we didn’t top 2019, we came close – 2022 ended up being the third-best year for nests and the second-best year for hatchlings in the past 15 years! Each year the tremendously dedicated folks at seaturtle.org compile data from our very own Hilton Head Island turtle volunteers and make it available for everyone to see. We take the data, analyze it, and put it in easy-to-read graph form. In 2022 we had around 400 Loggerhead turtles nest on the island, many in Palmetto Dunes. We also had one Green turtle nest…

  • HUGE Hammerhead Shark

    On July 13, Chip Michalove, owner of Outcast Sport Fishing, reeled in by far the biggest hammerhead shark recorded off the coast of South Carolina. And after taking a photo with the animal, he followed his standard operations for large sharks – he quickly tagged and released her, and watched her swim off into the ocean a few miles off the shore of HIlton Head. Chip estimates that the shark was 13 1/2 feet long and, based on length to weight tables, probably weighed over 1,000 pounds. He catches and releases a number of great white sharks, but they are much bulkier. A similar length great white would be closer…

  • Real Estate Investment – Hilton Head Island

    Hilton Head Island real estate prices jumped at the end of 2021. One possible reason was that investors who were becoming wary of the stock market wanted another place to put their money. These people also saw inflation coming and know that real estate can be a great harbor when currency is losing value. Low interest rates were also a contributor. We purchased our first condo in 2017, and decided to buy a second unit in 2021. We had been visiting Hilton Head for about 30 years, so we know the area very well. Now that we have purchased two units, we have picked up some tips that potential buyers…

  • 14 Years of Turtle Nests on Hilton Head Island

    If you have been lucky enough to be on the beach at Hilton Head Island during the summer, you have probably seen the flagged sea turtle nests. If you have been very lucky, you have even seen a turtle heading back into the ocean after a hard night of egg-laying. And if you have been extremely lucky, you have had the opportunity to see baby turtles scurrying toward the water. Each year, turtles make their way to Hilton Head Island to lay their eggs. We have been tracking the counts using data from the wonderful folks at www.seaturtle.org, and are very happy to say that it looks like the number…

  • Two baby Eagles on Hilton Head – Watch the webcam!

    Occasional visitors would be surprised to learn that Hilton Head Island is a wonderful place to see Bald Eagles in the wild. But if you look carefully at the power poles that run alongside the bridges as you cross onto the island, you are likely to see one or more eagles surveying the surrounding water. And now we have two more! On December 27, 2021, the two eggs in one of the nests hatched. Lucky for us, this is the one nest on HHI that has a 24-hour webcam, so anyone who wants can take a peek at the babies as they grow. And they grow fast. The parents will…