What Do Sea Turtles Have to Do with Hospitality?

Sea turtle nest #9 in front of the Cabana condominiums in Carolina Beach.

Anyone on the beach early Sunday morning today would have seen the turtle’s trek back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. I call them the Sea Turtle Girls from the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. They come out early and carefully bury the eggs deep enough to be safe from human and natural predators.

Toward the end of the 60 days, the Sea Turtle Watch crew moves in with a pavilion, flashlights, and lots of refreshments. Men, women, children, working folks and retired folks, all volunteer to keep watch until the birth.  There are several sites like this one up and down the coast on Pleasure Island. This particular nest is a bit late this year.

A birth of a baby is always a big event and it’s no different for the sea turtles. At the end of 60 days, there will be a party like you can’t believe as the eggs hatch and the babies are carefully guided back to sea. Don’t you wish you could be there?

Volunteers are dedicated to the protection of all sea turtle species. Go to their website to read about this heartwarming and worthwhile work on Pleasure Island in North Carolina.

The mama turtle leaves a trail back to the sea after laying her eggs. Tracks also showed something was following her, like a fox.


6 thoughts on “What Do Sea Turtles Have to Do with Hospitality?

  1. That’s great Barbara! Thank you so much for sharing our work on your blog! It’s great to have folks share with others about how important our turtles are 🙂
    Nancy Busovne
    Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project

  2. My son and I studied sea turtles a couple of years ago, and we were surprised to learn that the temperature of the sand determines whether the turtles hatch as boys or girls! Males tend to hatch from cooler sand, and females from warmer sand (that sounds about right to me – I’m always the one who prefers the warmer temperatures in our house!). I thought that was really interesting.

    I hope Turtle Nest #9 survived the storm, and that the eggs/hatchlings survive any predators.

  3. The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project just reported tonight that 107 turtles are on their journey tonight…Beautiful boil just before dark from Carolina Beach Nest 5! Congrats to the Island Women! This was an amazing hatch 🙂

  4. From the balcony, Patrick and I kept vigil over Nest #9 during Irene. Halfway through the surge, the berm had been leveled. By the morning, the stakes were gone and so was the netting. It did not appear that surf had disturbed the nest — about 10-12 inches below the surface. I would guess that the nest is intact in an unmarked den. This litter will hatch and head for the ocean without a welcoming committee unless one of the Project volunteers finds them. Congratulations to the Turtle Project for their great dedication. I have no doubt that the Loggerhead will come off the endangered list before long. Bill Kelley

    • Hi Bill-Nest 9 is safe & sound at its new location. It was moved just after the storm after we noticed that most of the sand had washed off the nest…the eggs were just an inch from the surface.

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