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 Post subject: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:41 pm 
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I saw you in a post from a couple years ago about flashlights on the beach and you said something about sea turtles. So I was wondering if there are nesting sea turtles in Myrtle Beach? I've never seen anything up by Pelican's Watch by Apache Pier where we stay but I don't remember if I saw an area marked off someplace else? Or has anyone ever seen any in Myrtle Beach? I guess the closest I've ever come to seeing anything, up close and personal, is 4 years ago or so I came in from the ocean with my mom, sister and aunt right behind me and my aunt got hit by something and my sister says it was a shark because she saw it. All I know is my aunt had a 6" bruise or so on her thigh.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:49 pm 
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I've never seen or heard of any in Myrtle Beach - but I think Pawley's Island has a few nests this year. I follow the N.E.S.T operation from the Outer Banks and also the GA Sea Turtle Center, as well as a few more smaller operations, and usually hear about the nests further south. IOP and Sullivan's Island in SC and all along the GA coast (Jekyll Island is the GA Sea Turtle Center home).

I've been to the turtle center on Jekyll Island and toured the beach there on a nest excavation. And this May, was lucky to attend a release of 6 cold-stunned turtles from the OBX. But I still haven't seen a nest boil and that is a major thing on my "bucket list"! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:06 pm 
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We do get nests along the beaches here, the 1st nest was found back in May this year, around 70th Ave N., usually the nests are moved to MB State Park for safe keeping.

There is a group in NMB that scouts every morning looking for nests and calls them in.

I think it was 2 years ago, we broke a record as to how many nests were found, not just here but the entire state.

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:21 pm 
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We were at Pawleys Island a couple weeks ago and saw the nesting sign as well as the closed-off nesting area:

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:06 am 
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June through August, Myrtle Beach State Park offers a Sea Turtle Patrol on Friday mornings at 6am. The last one of the season will be while we're there, and Sarah (our daughter) wants to go. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003759


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:48 am 
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Here's a vid of a turtle that must have had a long night, she is very tired, must have been misdirected by someone's light/s on the back of a house, you can tell by the shadows it is very early in the morning.

This was last month at Sunset Beach

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ofutoax4qay21 ... e_0001.wmv

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Thanks Gary that was a neat video. I'm in Horse Cave, KY headed for Myrtle


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
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What an wonderful video! Thanks for posting this, Gary!

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:10 pm 
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I loved that video!! So cute! Thanks for posting, Gary!
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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Gary,

Thanks for posting. That was great!

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:48 pm 
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That is an incredible video! Thanks for sharing it! Gosh, that poor mama...if she wasn't that large, I'd be worried they tried to hurry her out there too soon...when they're tired, the turtles are less likely to fend off danger.

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
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AWWWWWW, the poor thing!!! So happy to see she made it back to the ocean where she belongs! Thanks for sharing, Gary!

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:28 am 
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Gary, thanks so much for that wonderful video. In all the years we have been going to Myrtle Beach I have never seen a Sea Turtle or a nest. I recently read a fiction book centered around the Isle of Palms. The story was about a lady and her friends who were members the Isle of Palms/Sullivan's Island Turtle Team. At the beginning of each chapter she went to great lengths to tell about the Loggerhead turtles and how they come onto the beach, lay their eggs, bury them deep in the sand and leave, never to see them again. I was so fascinated by this. Now to have seen the video to put with the story, Priceless!!!!!

Thanks for so much for all the information to willing share with us.

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:49 am 
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Grammie -- are you referring to Lovie and her turtle team? :mrgreen: "The Beach House" by Mary Alice Monroe? That's the book that got me hooked on sea turtles and makes me want to move south and become a turtle lady! If you get a chance to read her other books, I highly recommend them all -- MAM is an outstanding lowcountry author!

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtles
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Yes, that's the book I am referring to. Have read another one of her from the Low Country called "Skyward". It's all about birds of prey. Also a wonderful book.

What time of year do the sea turtles come out of the sea to lay their eggs. Would be wonderful to see.

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