• 33,000 Turtles Hatched on Hilton Head in 2019

    The lead says it all.  In 2019, an amazing number of sea turtles (estimated 33,517) hatched on Hilton Head Island – and that is just through the end of September.  This shatters the previous record from 2016 of 26,743.  This amazing number is, not surprisingly, due to the larger than normal number of nests this year, where watchers counted 464 nests along our beaches.  Here is a graph that shows nest count (the blue bars) and estimated hatchlings (the green line)  Click on the chart below for a larger version: Almost all the nests were from the common Loggerhead Turtle, but in 2019 we had two Green Sea Turtle nests…

  • World’s Rarest Sea Turtles Hatch on Hilton Head

    This year is shaping up to be a record year for Sea Turtles in Hilton Head (see Record Sea Turtles for 2019), but that is not the headline from Thursday, August 27.  Instead, the spotlight was on hatchlings emerging from the nest of the rarest Sea Turtle in the world, the Kemp Ridley turtle.  The subhead would be that these baby turtles also came from the first nest identified on Hilton Head this season almost 60 days ago. After a few days, the Turtle Patrol will wait a few more days and then go and see how many eggs didn’t hatch.  From there they will be able to determine how…

  • Record Sea Turtles for 2019?

    We were on Hilton Head the first week of June and, frankly, I was a little worried.  I didn’t see as many Sea Turtle nests as I was expecting.  But it looks like I just wasn’t paying attention! SeaTurtle.org just reported 250 nests so far this year.  Nesting season technically runs through the end of October (it started in May), and already the experts are predicting a possible 500 nests on Hilton Head Island this year.  This would beat the all-time record of 411 nests set back in 2016.  For an idea of how significant this is, last year (2018) there were only 179 nests for the entire year.  This…