Loggerhead Turtle Guidance from Pawleys

Sometimes we head a bit off track, but ultimately end up turning back in the right direction.

Momma Loggerhead Turtle Tracks on Litchfield Beach – Pawleys Island

These tracks are left behind by a loggerhead turtle that came out of the ocean to lay her eggs up in the sand dunes.  Happy Camper and I took this picture the morning of 6/07/2012 on South Litchfield Beach near Pawleys Island.  Volunteers from S.C.U.T.E. (South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts) help monitor turtle nesting activity and are dedicated to sea turtle conservation in Georgetown and Horry Counties.  The straight track is from her leaving the ocean and heading to the dune, and her tracks returning to the water have the zig-zag.

Help protect the turtles and their nests!  Please keep lights out along the beach at night so turtles do not get disoriented, fill in holes on the beach and do not leave furniture out overnight (they can become trapped or entangled), and do not disturb nesting turtles (they may become frightened and dump their eggs into the ocean which makes them unviable).  Here is a good lesson for investors to avoid potential pitfalls and focus on your objective…and if you get off track, no need to fret, you can easily get back on course!  Learn more about the turtles here:

https://www.santeecooper.com/portal/page/portal/SanteeCooper/Environment/SeaTurtleProtection

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Even the Loggerheads of Pawleys Need Help Sometimes

The most ancient mariners of Pawleys Island, the Loggerhead turtles, visit us every summer to nest within the dunes.  It is a treasure to come across the evidence of their visit on an early morning beach walk, most often the trail they blaze from the surf to the dunes and back.  Since they are designed for swimming, this trek is quite difficult.  This is why it is so important for visitors to not leave any items on the beach overnight, and to fill in any holes and level sandcastles.  Even with a smooth, unobstructed beach, mother turtles can be easily deterred from nesting, and return to the ocean and dump their eggs, making them unviable.  Despite the dropping numbers of this endangered species, their wit and skill has served them well for about 40 million years.  Not a bad track record.  One turtle visited the north end of Pawleys Island last night and this morning, Camper and I saw her tracks:

Pawleys Loggerhead Trail

Pawleys Loggerhead Trail June 13, 2013

The turtles are smart, but do not know how to spot a beach access trail.  This turtle left her nest right at the end of a beach access trail, so the volunteers from S.C.U.T.E. relocated the nest slightly down the beach to a safe, quiet place in the dunes, well above the high tide mark.

Relocating the Pawleys Nest Safely within the Dunes

Relocating the Pawleys Nest Safely within the Dunes

Here is an aerial view of their new home before it was carefully covered with sand:

Home for the Loggerhead Eggs for the Next 60 days or so

Home for the Loggerhead Eggs for the Next 60 days or so Until they Hatch

Now the eggs will toast in the hot South Carolina sun for the next couple of months.  Then, one magical night, the top of the sand will start moving as the first baby turtles dig their way to the surface.  They will scurry back down to the ocean and start their amazing journey.  These precious baby turtles will not know what the gracious volunteers from S.C.U.T.E did for them, but we will.  Every now and then, even the ancient Loggerheads need a little assistance navigating the world!  Thank you, S.C.U.T.E. volunteers, for helping the baby turtles.

This is a real baby hatchling from Pawleys Island

This is a real baby hatchling from Pawleys Island

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