Hilton Head Rentals & Golf Reports Sea Turtle Nesting in Full Swing as Hatching Season Approaches

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Hilton Head Rentals & Golf is pleased to report that 2012 has been good for sea turtle nesting on local beaches, and urges awareness for residents and visitors alike.

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Turtle nesting season is always a fantastic time to be here and a great experience. There’s still availability in our beachside vacation homes, and we are offering special rates on many of our properties.

Hilton Head Rentals & Golf is pleased to report that the 2012 Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season has been a good one so far on Hilton Head Island, and expects the hatching season to begin soon. As of the beginning of July, there are a reported 2000 sea turtle nests on South Carolina beaches, with 175 counted on Hilton Head Island. This is down from last year’s record-breaking numbers, but remains above the average.

“Now is a great time to vacation on Hilton Head,” says Tom Ridgway of Hilton Head Rentals & Golf. “Turtle nesting season is always a fantastic time to be here and is a great experience. There’s still availability in our beachside vacation homes, and we are offering special rental rates on many of our properties.”

This year’s South Carolina sea turtle hatchlings are an especially important class, due to the devastation that Tropical Storm Debbie brought to the Gulf Coast. It is estimated that 80% of the nests on Florida’s Gulf Coast were destroyed. For that reason, it is important that Hilton Head residents and visitors pay strict attention to the laws and best practices designed to protect all species of sea turtles. Hilton Head Rentals & Golf can provide the information you’ll need to make your stay here “turtle friendly.”

The newly hatched turtles use the ambient light of the stars and moon to find their way to the water, so light pollution is a real threat to their survival. The hatchlings, as well as the mature females, become disoriented by artificial light, and can be drawn to scurry the wrong direction. Locally, Beaufort County requires all ocean front lights to be turned off from dusk to dawn. Flash photography and spotting sea turtles at night with a flashlight are federal offenses. The Coastal Discovery Museum, (phone (843) 689-6767) is offering a late night Turtle Watch for those want to learn more about the loggerheads, and perhaps be lucky enough to witness their eons-old ritual.

Hilton Head Rentals and Golf is a full service property management and vacation rental company dedicated to providing Hilton Head accommodations to suit every need, with luxury rentals, tennis, and golf properties, as well as pet friendly rentals available.

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