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About Us

The Island Turtle Team patrols Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island beaches every nesting season from May to August. Pairs of volunteers head out in the morning at sunrise to check for turtle tracks coming up on the beach from the ocean. Primarily our islands are visited by Loggerhead Turtles, but occasionally we will get a Green Turtle, and once a Leatherback came up to nest. If the volunteers find tracks, they call in to a core group of volunteers who are trained to determine if a nest has been laid and evaluate the conditions. If the turtle has laid the nest below the high tide line, the nest will be relocated to a more suitable spot where the eggs can safely incubate. The nest location is marked, recorded and monitored until the hatchlings have made their way to the sea.

Our sea turtles are irreplaceable. Let’s save them.

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