May-July: Nests are Laid
July – October: Hatching Time
After the nest hatches, the turtle team must do an inventory. These are done in the early evening.
The Season Ends!
Read Monroe’s THE BEACH HOUSE, BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES, and SWIMMING LESSONS to learn more about the saga. For children: TURTLE SUMMER for a photostory of the nesting saga–for children of all ages.
Summer Wrap Up!
It was a difficult season, with an onslaught of hurricanes and record low numbers of nests across the entire coast. Despite this, the team did its best to monitor and protect the few nests we had.
A team photo at the end of this glorious season.
Releases of rehabilitated sea turtles are moving experiences. Bev Ballow and MAM at the
SC Aquarium helping to prepare the loggerhead, Channel, for his release home to the sea!
The release of a juvenile loggerhead, “Surfside,” in August on Isle of Palms with MAM and Kelly Thorvalson, Head of the Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium.
For a blog and photos of the Hospital and Isle of Palms/Sullivans Island turtle season, go to: Carolina Sea Turtles.
Topsail Beach, North Carolina
The Beasely Sea Turtle Hospital at Topsail Beach, NC is a remarkable rehabilitative facility for injured and sick sea turtles. These are photographs taken while I helped and learned from Jean Beasely and all the wonderful volunteers.