Something magical happens in late summer and early fall on the beaches of Hilton Head Island. The “Ancient Mariner of the Sea”, the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, emerges from the ocean to nest and lay her eggs. Their nests or “clutches” will have as many as 100 eggs each. They incubate in the warm sand for 50-60 days and then the hatchlings dig towards the surface when the sand temperatures are cooler and daylight fades. There have been a record number of nests on Hilton Head, close to 500 recorded in this 2019 turtle season.
We have had a rare Green Turtle the second largest of the Sea Turtles species build her nest here. She was 4’ long and 3’ ½’ wide and this week a hatchling was born with 2 heads. It was dubbed Squirt and Crush by the turtle patrol after the 2 adorable turtle characters in Disney’s “Finding Nemo”
We can help protect Hilton Head Sea Turtles in a number of ways:
- Keep our beaches dark at night by turning all exterior lights off after 10 PM
- Remove all items from the beach. Tents, chairs, trash, etc.
- Fill in all holes
- Do not walk on turtle tracks
If you are lucky enough to see the babies hatch, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will never forget it. This phenomenon gets locals and visitors excited every year. Book your Hilton Head rental for this fall, and come see for yourself!