• 2021 Turtles are Hatching

    Right on schedule, the 2021 baby turtles are making their way from Hilton Head beaches back into the surf. An estimated total of 79 new Loggerheads have hatched and made it to the ocean. That number will increase significantly over the next few months, probably ending up close to 20,000. Unfortunately, it appears that 2021 will be a slightly below average year for nests on HHI. Over the past ten years, an average of 309 Loggerhead turtles have made nests on our beaches each summer, producing an average of 21,000 Loggerhead babies. As of July 21 we have seen 244 new nests, and while already above the 2018 total of…

  • Turtles are Hatching

    Just on time, turtles on Hilton Head are coming out of their shells and heading to the ocean! The first Loggerhead sea turtle babies were recorded on July 16th scurrying from two of the nests on Hilton Head.  The nesting is over, the hatching has begun. Turtles will continue to hatch through about the end of October, but the next month or so are the best window to see them in person.   Click HERE to see a video of baby turtles that appeared in the Island Packet. 2019 was a record year for turtle nests, with 464 nests (resulting in about 33,000 hatchlings), but this year hasn’t been too bad. …

  • 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…

  • 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…