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Sea Turtle Update!

Nest #9 hatched last Friday night! There were 9 volunteers on hand to see all the babies emerge and make their way safely to the water!
Tammy, with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project, excavated Tuesday and learned more about the nest. There were one hundred and five eggs that hatched successfully out of one hundred and seventeen. She also found seven live babies still in the nest and released them near the water. So, all told, there were 97 little success stories born last week!

There are only two nests left to keep an eye on for the 2010 season! We are so grateful for the hard work of everyone involved with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project. Make sure to visit their Facebook page and see the amazing videos of the Nest 9 babies they have posted! Truly beautiful footage! To learn more about sea turtles in our area, you can also visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center website. Or better yet, plan a trip! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the turtle season will bring!

We Love Our Sea Turtles!

We are a little over half way through our sea turtle nesting season here on the island. The season runs from May 1st through October 31st, and this year we’ve seen a lot of activity! In fact the state of Georgia has had a record high number of nests! Here on Tybee, we have had ten confirmed nests, three of which have already hatched. The most recent hatch was Nest #4 this past Sunday morning. Thankfully, nearly all of the hatchlings made it safely to the water. Only two were lost to the ghost crabs on the beach.
Headed for the ocean!  (Fan pic by Amy Gray Capelloon added to the Tybee Sea turtle Project Facebook page)

Volunteers and workers with The Tybee Marine Science Center and the Tybee Sea Turtle Project get up with the sun each morning to sweep the beach for signs of new nests, or nests that may have hatched. An early morning turtle crawl is a beautiful sight!

Just one sight on a morning beach patrol! (Tybee Sea Turtle Project photo)

Our yearly visitors are just one more reason to love Tybee Island! If you are interested in learning more about sea turtles and seeing more pictures of these amazing creatures, please visit the Tybee Marine Science Center and Tybee Sea Turtle Project websites!

Precious baby sea turtle! (Tybee Sea Turtle Project photo)