Volunteers (and some kind helpers) continue to dig out from the storm and are still locating missing nests. We had a total of 73 nests laid at DeBordieu and Hobcaw this season. To date we have 26 nests remaining. Turtles have a reputation for longevity and strength. They travel thousands of miles, endure all kinds of adversity and can live to be 100. In many cultures around the world they are considered good luck. It is sad we lost so many nests along the SC coast but then it is so uplifting to see the survivors….
North: This morning, Buffie and Mark did the inventory of DEB09 located at Prince George’s #15mm. It was quite exciting when they brought out a total of 30 live and frisky hatchlings! They put them in a bucket and released them onto the beach where they crawled to a rising sun and into a very calm ocean. Buffie said it was so cool to be able to see the turtles come up for a gasp of air as they headed for the Gulf Stream 60 miles away! She is our video guru and sent this beautiful footage of their morning experience.
Watch video: https://youtu.be/MOly7lhX-CQ
The SC Department of Natural Resources is not allowing public inventories this season due to the pandemic. We hope our photos and videos will be the next best thing!
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