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Myrtle Beach has its first sea turtle nest of 2020

Myrtle Beach welcomed its first sea turtle nest of 2020! One of our beach maintenance staff members discovered the nest shown here before dawn near the Dunes Club. He notified Myrtle Beach State Park. Park Ranger Ann Wilson reports she relocated 110 eggs from this nest back to the state park, where there’s less beach traffic. Look closely at the photo on the left, and you ca...n see the turtle’s crawl tracks in the sand.

Remember that it is illegal under federal and state law to disturb sea turtles, with fines of up to $10,000 for anyone who does. Turtles usually come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Do not disturb, touch, shine a light on or otherwise interfere with sea turtles, their nests or the hatchlings. The baby turtles need to crawl back to the ocean on their own to set their internal compass. Sea turtles return to the same shore where they were born to lay eggs.