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Counting Turtles and Saying Thanks!

Tybee Island Sea Turtles, Mermaid Morning Bliss CoffeeHere’s the latest update from Turtle Tammy!

“We are on a roll. Nest #13 was found this morning. Katie found the track. Some folks witnessed the turtle nesting and left a message at the science center. It was relocated to the dunes just south of 7th Street, 120 eggs. We are one away from our record, I expect to exceed the record, of 14, by next week, maybe even this weekend. There were four other false crawls this morning found by Katie and Kevin, but only that one nest.Mermaids Make A Difference, Mermaid Morning Bliss

I gave an interview today, with WSAV. The interview was in regards to the photo that shows four guys with a loggerhead. This occurred on Pine Island, off Wassaw Island. The guys felt the turtle was stuck and decided to help her to the water. Although it is possible for a turtle to get stuck it is rare. In the interview,  I made sure to tell people that if they encounter a turtle, to call the 1-800-save-me phone number. That way someone from DNR could respond and make sure the turtle is okay or needs to be rehabilitated. A stranded turtle could mean the turtle is sick, injured or incapacitated is some way. Hopefully the turtle is just fine.”

Woo hoo!  Isn’t this exciting?  You bet!  But, please remember to always call if you think you see a sea turtle in distress.  The number again is 1-800-save-me.  Be sure to stop by Seaside Sisters and get your Mermaid Morning Bliss coffee.  It looks like we’ll have a lot of sea turtles to support!

Everything’s Coming Up Sea Turtles

Hey, y’all!  Everything’s coming up sea turtles!  Turtle Tammy has great news.

“Nest #12 was found this morning. The turtle was still on the beach witnessed by Kevin and Danny (sea turtle nesting volunteers). Danny took pictures and was able to read the tag. I will find out where this turtle was tagged and get that information out soon. The nest was relocated to a higher spot. It is north of the East Gate (Sugar Shack) crossover.

 I am thinking we will have 14 by the weekend.”

Thanks to Turtle Tammy and all of the volunteers.  Everything’s coming up sea turtles on Tybee and we’re so proud!

Sea Turtle Sightings

Tybee Island sea turtle nesting seasonWe have lots to report in Sea Turtle sightings this week, especially since our much-loved sea turtle came home!

Yep, the Tybee Island Welcome sign is truly a welcome sight thanks to our Department of Public Works and a very special home-coming.  Our sea turtle is back “nesting” and poised to receive the thousands of visitors that love to pose for photos with her!

Also, Turtle Tammy has been enjoying an active season and we appreciate her regular updates and all of the volunteers who patrol our beaches for turtle tracks and nests.  To date, Georgia has 1,165 sea turtle nests and there are still two more months of nesting.  Tammy predicts we’ll see the 2,000 nests mark reached this year.  Tybee Island currently has 8 nests and there have been 15 false crawls.

The weather and the motion of the ocean has made for a more messy beach this year, but our hard-working Department of Public Works has …

Live Like a Local: More Sea Turtle Nests for Tybee Island!

It’s been a busy week or so for Tybee! The last few days of May, volunteers Earnest, Pat, and Ann with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project found three sea turtle crawls! One has even been marked as a possible nest!

So far this year, Tybee Island now has four nests. Tybee has never had this many nests in May before, so hopefully this is a good sign that we will have a record sea turtle nesting season!

Find more beautiful pictures on the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page!

Just yesterday morning, Mermaid Cottages’ own Jan and Bobby Meyer had a hand in the discovery of two crawls! There was even a report from a jogger that he had sighted a loggerhead leaving the ocean for the sand during his evening run, so the good people with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project are hoping to discover another nest soon!

To keep up with the island’s latest sea turtle news, make sure to stay tuned to our blog, and head over to follow the official Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page!

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