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See South Carolina Sea Turtles on Hilton Head Island

See South Carolina Sea Turtles on Hilton Head Island

If you’re a fan of sea turtles, then you’re in luck! Between May and October, hatchling sea turtles in South Carolina (loggerheads, to be specific) make their way towards the ocean. There’s a good chance you might catch sight of these critters, or their tracks in the sand when you stay book a Hilton Head vacation rental at Goode Vacation Rentals

History of Sea Turtles in South Carolina

Loggerheads and their sea turtle brethren descended from the Archelon—a giant, shelled reptile whose fossils indicate it grew up to 16 feet in length. While they’re significantly smaller than their ancestors, the name “loggerhead” derives from their large heads and distinctive scales that bear a resemblance to a pine log. Fully grown loggerheads near our Hilton Head beach rentals can reach up to four feet in length, but when they first hatch, they can fit in the palm of your hand! On average, our island harbors about 150 turtle nests per year, but in 2019, they recorded an astounding 450 nests. 

Loggerhead Observation & Conservation

There’s a chance you might catch sight of some Hilton Head loggerheads when you book a stay at Goode Vacation Rentals. If you see a trail of uneven, comma-shaped scoop marks leading towards the ocean, there’s a good chance that loggerheads are (or were!) nearby. Despite having a lifespan of about 100 years, loggerheads have been listed among endangered or threatened species. These gentle critters face land and sea predators, ocean pollution, and other life-threatening obstacles, which is why we do what we can to help preserve the sea turtles in South Carolina. There are even a few things you can do to help, which include:

  • Turn off outside lights between October and May at your Hilton Head rental home. When sea turtles hatch, they run towards the brightest light, which may result in hatchlings heading inland instead of towards sea. 
  • Clean up all beach litter. Loggerheads will mistake trash for food, and it often proves fatal for them.
  • Give loggerheads a lot of space. Distractions or bright lights may prompt turtles to leave their nests and become confused.

Witness Spectacular Sights at Hilton Head, SC

Take advantage of this opportunity to see and help seat turtles in South Carolina. Choose between several beach home locations when you stay at Goode Vacation Rentals. Plus, you’ll have access to a variety of well-manicured golf courses and other Hilton Head attractions. For more information on making a reservation, please give us a call at 843-681-9325.