May 12, 2017 - Gimpy crawl #3

Hobcaw: The right rear flipperless turtle, Gimpy, returned for 2 more attempts last night. Susan found crawls at #10mm and #12mm. She felt the one at #12 had more possibilities but found no eggs. Robin and Judy will give it a try tomorrow. If Gimpy returns tonight, we will know these were definitely false crawls.

DEB 1   HOB 0

May 11, 2017 - They’re back!!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: DeBordieu Security let us know there was a turtle nesting near Walkway #4 around 11:15 last night. The people who spotted her were instructed to stay back, let her nest and no flash photography. This morning, Paula walking with new volunteer, Judy K., found a textbook crawl! Paula and Betsy instructed Judy in the process of locating the egg chamber and she was found it pretty quickly. The nest was in a good location and left natural. Way to go Judy (photo)!

Hobcaw: Bill found a meandering, loopy crawl 50 yds. south of #12mm. This crawl had all the markings of a turtle named Gimpy whom we have known for many years. She is missing all or part of her right rear flipper which leaves a "stump" impression up the right center of her crawl. Since turtles dig out their chambers with their rear flippers, Gimpy has difficulty digging deep enough and leaves open chambers. She will eventually nest but will have multiple false crawls before being successful.

(See photos in Photo Gallery 52)

DEB 1   HOB 0

May 08, 2017 - Nesting to our south!

It is still very early but we have had no nesting here at DeBordieu & Hobcaw Beaches as we finish the first full week of Turtle Season 2016. North Litchfield Beach has the only nest in the 60 mile SCUTE area (North Inlet to N. Myrtle Beach). The first North Island (next island south of Hobcaw) survey was today and yielded 2 nests, 3 false crawls and 2 dead strandings. So the turtles are working their way north. Let's hope for a nest or two this week...we'll let you know!

May 04, 2017 - The 2017 Turtle Season begins!

DeBordieu & Hobcaw SCUTE volunteers began surveying our 5+ miles of beach on Wednesday, May 3 in search of tracks from nesting loggerheads. No activity has been reported to date. There are currently 5 nests in SC (Isle of Palms,Cape Island, Bulls Island, Kiawah and South Island). They are getting close!

April 30, 2017 - First nest in South Carolina!

Isle of Palms had the first loggerhead nest laid in South Carolina today! Let turtle season begin.....

March 08, 2017 - Season Kick-off Meeting Sunday, April 23rd!

Debordieu SCUTE

DeBordieu & Hobcaw SCUTE will hold an organizational meeting on Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m. on the Blue Heron deck at the Beach Club. Anyone interested in learning about the volunteer effort to protect loggerhead sea turtles is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Betsy Brabson at

September 30, 2016 - Inventory results!

North: On Tuesday 9/27, we did the inventory of natural DEB35 8/4 65 yds. south #6mm (Ocean Park). With no live hatchlings remaining in the nest the success rate was a very good 95%!

Hobcaw: We have one nest remaining to hatch, natural HOB33 8/4 (57 days)  89 yds. south #1mm.

DEB 34   HOB 33   SCUTE 175   SC 6404

September 22, 2016 - Inventory results

Middle: With no live hatchlings remaining in the nest, the success of DEB33 was 74%.

We have 3 nest remaining to hatch.

DEB 34   HOB 33   SCUTE 175   SC 6397

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