Hey all you Mermaids-In-Waiting, we’ve got some mucho mini getaways that are available and we want you to come enjoy the beach. Sometimes, we end up with “holes” in our calendar and we want to fill them up. As of today, three of your favorite cottages are available right away and that means huge savings for you. Just check out these cozy cottages and the date ranges and them give us a call or email us. Just what will make your last minute trip to Tybee Island too good to resist? Do you need lots of bedrooms, coastal charm, room for pets and a great beach, too? We’re ready to make magic happen, so tell us how we can make this work for you and then start packing!… read more
Since we had two nests hatch in one night, we will have two excavations in one night, this Friday, July 27. They will be happening AT THE SAME TIME at 8:15pm in two very different locations! Turtle Tammy and Tybee Sea Turtle Project advise they must do this to make sure they can release any possible live hatchlings at dark…. read more
I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter…and pretend that it came from you…
…and I’m gonna write it on a Mermaid Cottages Note Card from the new collection by the fabulous Fifi Flowers! There’s the new cottage collection and the always wonderful pet collection and Fifi’s wonderful, whimsical calendars to mark off the days until your next visit to Mermaid Cottages and Tybee Island…. read more
We are so excited to help support the Tybee Sea Turtles program through sales of our Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee!
Mermaid Cottages has created its own line of Custom Coffees. The first to reach your cups this year is Mermaid Morning Bliss available exclusively in our Cottages or at Seaside Sisters. To order your Mermaid Coffee by the pound please email Diane!
Our Coffee makes a great souvenir or take-home gift, but best of all, the Mermaid Morning Bliss sales help support the Tybee Sea Turtles programs!
Sea Turtle Season: Tybee Island’s Sea Turtle season runs from May 1st thru Oct 31st. During this time Loggerhead Sea Turtles come to our beaches to lay their eggs, and 60 days later hatch, and the babies race to the sea.
Mermaid Cottages has always been a proud supporter of the NESTS program and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Sea Turtle Project. Now, the Mermaid Morning Bliss will help us in these efforts! For more information about Tybee Sea Turtles or to find out how you can be involved, click here to visit the website or call (912) 786-5917 for more information.
photo by Amy Capello from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project
Great news! Nest Number Nine hatched September 16th! There were a few reports of disoriented babies, but they all made it to the waiting waves just fine. The wonderful people with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated the evening of September 20th and in all, 45 healthy babies hatched! There were no stragglers or casualties left in the nest, so this nest was a super success!
It’s a great way to wrap up the 2011 Tybee Island sea turtle season for sure! Thanks to everyone with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project for all your hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see what the 2012 season will bring!
Turtle Crawl, photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page
Tybee Island’s sea turtle Nest Eight began hatching Wednesday, September 7th! Thee were babies reported on the beach Thursday morning, though they all seemed to have made it to the water safely. There were even babies emerging Friday afternoon! This beautiful picture was shared by Nancy Futral on the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page wall and shows one little guy making his way to the waves!
photo by Nancy Futral on Tybee Sea Turtle Project FB page
Nancy is a wonderful example of someone who knows just what to do if you spot a sea turtle on the beach! Like Nancy, always call for assistance and never touch the sea turtles- they are protected by the Endangered Species Act. The wonderful volunteers with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project will be able to assist the babies as needed. If you find a sea turtle, turtle tracks, or an unmarked nest, please contact these resources in the following order: Tammy, Sea Turtle Project Coordinator – 912.484.3416,Tybee Island Marine Science Center – 912.786.5917, and Georgia DNR – 800.241.4113.
photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook page!
Nest Eight was excavated yesterday evening about 7:30 p.m. and a nice sized group showed up to watch and learn! There were loads of hatched eggs and two live stragglers! The two babies were helped along and made their way to the ocean safe to start their journey. Remember, excavations are open to the public, so if you are on the island and can make it, please feel free! Stay up to date on all the nest activity on the official Tybee Sea Turtle Project page on Facebook! Tybee is still watching Nest Nine for any signs of hatching, so there will be more sea turtle news to come!
Thanks to Julie Corbin for this gorgeous Tybee beach shot!
Our beloved Tybee Island sea turtles sent August out with a bang! Nest Seven hatched last Monday, August 29th, and about 80 babies made it safely to the waiting waves. The hard working people over at The Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated Wednesday. The official Nest Seven news was… read more
photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page
The summer season might be coming to an end, but Tybee Island‘s sea turtle season is still going strong! Our Nest 5 hatched Tuesday, August 16th, and the wonderful people with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated Saturday evening. Excavations are open to the public, so there was a pretty good crowd there to watch and learn! There were no live stragglers or casualties found – just hatched eggs. Wonderful news! In all, 60 to 80 babies made their way to the waiting waves.
Nest 5 excavation, photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page.
That’s not all either! Nest 6 hatched Wednesday, August 17th. It was a good thing Sybil from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project was there, too! The action began before the sun fully set, so she was able to make sure the babies made their way safely to the ocean. The Nest 6 excavation was held Sunday evening. Eighty-one hatched eggs were found, along with 11 undeveloped eggs, no stragglers, but on little guy that didn’t make it. That’s sad news, but not uncommon. Over all, the nest was a success!
photo by Amy Capello from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project
If you’d like to learn more about Tybee Island wildlife, especially our beloved sea turtles, make sure to check out the Tybee Island Marine Science Center here on the island. If you can’t visit in person, check out their website! There’s a lot of wonderful information, and you can even plan out your visit ahead of time. We really appreciate all the hard working scientists and volunteers with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project, and we are sure the sea turtles do, too! Stay tuned, the season isn’t over yet!
If you know anything about Mermaid Cottages, you know we love our sea turtles! Well, the nest action keeps on coming here on Tybee Island. Nest Four hatched Friday, August 5th, during a rain storm. The wonderful folks over at the Tybee Sea Turtle Project even excavated a bit earlier than they planned due to more inclement weather. They found that 82 babies had hatched and made it out of the nest! The also found 17 unhatched eggs and one live baby straggler they happily released into the waves. No casualties either, so Nest Four was a success! Don’t you just love good news? We sure do!
Speaking of news, have you been following Clover the sea turtle? It is so fascinating to see her journey charted, and right there on your computer screen at that! As of last Saturday, Clover has traveled over 200 miles!
Intrigued? Well, head on over to Seaturtle.org and follow Clover’s journey yourself! Just click the Track a Sea Turtle link, then look for Clover!
Hundreds of people showed up on Tybee Island last week to send a hometown girl off in style! Thursday, Clover the sea turtle was released into the waves on Tybee’s South Beach after spending her first three years of life with the marine experts at the Burton 4H Center. See, Clover was a straggler hatching, unable to leave the nest after hatching back in August of 2008. Today, Clover is a healthy, happy sea turtle that is back where she belongs, cruising the Waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cruise with Clover
The Cruise with Clover campaign successfully raised the $5,000 to purchase a satellite transmitter. Clover was outfitted with her transmitter last week and then she was ready to hit the waves! The cool thing about the transmitter? It isn’t just for scientists! That’s right, you can follow Clover’s journey right from your own home. She may be left the beach, but fans can follow her progress at Seaturtle.org! Just click the Georgia Sea Turtle Center link and look for Clover!
Thanks to all the supporters who made it out to give Clover a true Tybee Island send-off! We wish Clover all the luck int he world and hope to see her return to Tybee Island for a visit or two in the future!