It is normal for sea turtles to be crawling on the beach on summer
Call Fripp Island Security if you think the animal is in a dangerous
situation or has wandered well of the beach.
- Remove all
debris from the beach, especially plastics (e.g., cups, bottles, bags,
fishing line). This will prevent them from being swept into the ocean
by winds or high tides and mistaken as a food source by sea turtles,
dolphin, and fish. Do not dispose of plastic bags in the ocean. Plastic
bags in the ocean
very closely resemble a favorite food of sea turtles (jellyfish) and
will cause death or illness to the turtle that eats them.
from the beach to prevent nesting loggerheads from becoming entangled
Fill in holes
created by "kids" at play. This will enable the tiny hatchlings to
speed along their way to the ocean without getting trapped or
disoriented. Watching a hatchling struggle to crawl out of a footprint
increases awareness of their point of view and their obstacle-filled
Stay clear of
marked sea turtle nests on the beach. Disturbing a Sea Turtle nest
is a violation of state and federal law.
affect the nesting and hatching of sea turtles. Brightly lit
beaches are a deterrent to nesting females and a deathtrap for
hatchlings. They fail to find their way to the ocean before
dawn and become the victims of ghost crabs and gulls, or die from
dehydration in the morning sun. Dark
beaches are critical to sea turtle survival.
- We ask our guests
to not use any flashlights and porch lights on the beach during
this time as any artificial light disorients and disturbs the turtles.
Please read and adhere to the
- Call Fripp
Island Security at 838 2334 to report all stranded (dead, injured, or
otherwise immobile) adult turtles.
"Fripp Island Turtle Nest Protection
Program" can be mailed to
Fripp Island, SC 29920 .