• 2019 Already Record Year for Sea Turtles

    As we reach the end of July there is about one month left in the 2019 nest laying season (turtles will hatch until about the end of October) and the numbers are amazing.  With 443 nests as of July 29 we have already passed the annual record of 411 set in 2016.  Over the past ten years, there have been an average of 269 nests per year, with the lowest point during that time being 131 nests located in 2014: Scientists believe that Sea Turtles usually return to the same beach to nest as where they were hatched, which means we should have even higher numbers over the next decades…

  • Nesting Season 2019

    The world’s rarest species of sea turtle nested on Hilton Head for the first time ever this April! A Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle became the first observed turtle to lay eggs this year on Hilton Head when she came ashore on April 26, 2019.  This nest was very special – not only was this the first 2019 nest, but it was also a very special species.  According to marine biologist Amber Kuehn there have only been four recorded nestings of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle in South Carolina. The sighting was even more unusual because she came ashore in the morning around 10:30 when there were many delighted beachgoers to…