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End of the Year Report

posted: December 1, 2020, 8:21 PM

Hurricane Isaias was the earliest storm to hit the beach in and took 28 of our 65 nests. Eighteen nests had hatched before the hurricane hit. Amazingly we some hatchlings out of the remaining nests which allowed us to end the season on a more positive note.

We had a total of 65 nests laid on Holden Beach with 5272 eggs. We released 2261 baby turtles into the ocean.

Our first nest was laid on May 11 and the last nest August 2 --- in the midst of the hurricane.

Our last nest boiled on September 18 with 31 babies released. This nest was laid on July 28--just before the hurricane hit.

The last sighting of a momma turtle on the beach were two false crawls on August 5.

Due to COVID-19 the Turtle Patrol was not able to hold the traditional Turtle Talk programs and Children's Turtle Times. Each week the Holden Beach Town Hall's Facebook page offered Tuesday Turtle Trivia.

Thanks to the Holden Beach home owners and businesses who offered support to the HBTP during this unusual year. Thank you, too, goes out to the many visitors to the beach this summer for their interest and efforts in support of the HBTP and the turtles that nest on the beach.

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