Before the sun’s first rays can wink at the shells and sand dollars tossed ashore from the previous night’s tide, volunteers of Hunting Island may be found walking in the dark along the beach of Hunting Island State Park, home to many nesting loggerhead turtles. Learn about sea turtle nesting, common threats to these beautiful endangered and threatened animals, and how the loggerheads are protected at Hunting Island in South Carolina.
Loggerhead Turtles Return to SC’s Hunting Island to Nest
Female loggerhead sea turtles (C. Caretta Caretta) tend to return to the beach on which they were hatched every two to three years to nest. Some volunteers at Hunting Island who have participated in the turtle patrol for several nesting seasons may recognize a sea turtle returning to sea, most notably one that has a missing back flipper.
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