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.