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Oct 13 2021

Turtle Nesting Season Is Ticking Away

By The Town of Kiawah Island for The Island Connection

The season is slowly coming to an end. The last nest found was on Sept. 13. 

There are a couple of nests still incubating that are expected to hatch in early October. 

The current nest count is at 347. 

Turtle tips 

• Never harass, touch or disturb hatchlings or eggs. 

• When you leave the beach, take all items with you and fill in your holes, as these can be significant hurdles for turtles. 

• Lights out for Turtles! May – October, all outdoor lighting facing the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn. 

• No use of artificial light (flashlights, cell phone lights) on the beach at night. It can cause nesting females to abandon nesting attempts and disorient hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean. 

For season highlights, follow the Turtle Patrol on Facebook and Instagram.

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