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The Turtles Have Landed!

Pawleys Island SC
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The Turtles Have Landed!

Pawleys got its first turtle nest of the season yesterday, and this morning the first crawl was seen on Litchfield Beach. To everyone staying oceanfront this summer anywhere along our coast, just a gentle reminder that you can have a significant impact upon the success of each year's nesting season.

Most importantly, avoid any porchlights, spotlights, flashlights, etc that can be seen from the beach. Indoor lighting visible on the beach should also have drapes or blinds closed. The turtles will rarely nest on a lighted beach, and later in the season, hatchlings are frequently confused by artificial lights.

Also, please fill in any holes you dig on the beach prior to leaving. It's easy for the turtles to get trapped or disoriented by these holes. Lots more good info regarding Pawleys Island's sea turtle protection program and how you can help and participate can be found at https:/…

It's a special and exciting time down here, and everyone's help is needed to make it a good season. Thanks.

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1. Re: The Turtles Have Landed!

Thanks for the post, PD!

Raleigh, North...
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2. Re: The Turtles Have Landed!

Thank you so much for posting this PD. And a couple of other reminders that will help us help our turtles....

Please take your gear off the beach at night---umbrellas, tents, chairs, coolers, whatever you use on the beach, PLEASE take it back to your rental with you and put it up off the sand- either on your walkway or on a landing somewhere.Mother turtles attempting to find a nesting spot can get caught by chairs, tent ropes, wading pools...all sorts of things that we just don't think about. And if they bump into an obstruction, like a large cooler or the great sand castle you built they may be discouraged from nesting and return to the ocean.

And PLEASE take ALL of your trash off the beach- paper, plastic, cans, bottles etc. Not only is it unsightly but its dangerous to marine life .

Raleigh, North...
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3. Re: The Turtles Have Landed!

Nest update- we have nest #2 on Pawleys Island!

Now is the time to really pay attention to getting your gear off the beach at night so the ladies don't get tangled up in tent ropes and beach chairs!!!

And please fill in any holes that you dig during the day- we don't want any of our gals getting stuck or stranded trying to get over a hole in the beach!

To the beach walkers, thanks for all you do to keep our turtle population coming back!

Nashville
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4. Re: The Turtles Have Landed!

Great advice. Saturday evening, I noticed a large hole (about 3' by 4' and a foot deep) that someone had left on the south end of the beach. I wish there had been a few tools around and I would have filled it up. However, it was around 9:00 p.m. and no one/no tools were in sight.

Raleigh, North...
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5. Re: The Turtles Have Landed!

We are now at 5 nests on Pawleys Island! The South End seems to be the leader in locations, so again, PLEASE take your gear off the beach, remove your trash and fill in those holes!

tntands- holes are a huge problem and not just for turtles, but people too. Not too many years ago someone walking the beach in the late evening ( I think it was pm, not am hours...not "bright of day, at any rate) and broke a leg falling into one of those big holes.

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