2021 Sea Turtle Nest Updates
As nests are identified this season, we will provide updates from the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project here.
Follow along and check back often for the latest information and nest counts.
May 18, 2021
Tybee’s first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the season has been identified! Spotted by volunteers Cathy, Gina and Brent.
May 26, 2021
Nest #2 was found. The eggs were relocated away from the high tide line. Thanks to volunteers Anna, Susan and Brent for covering dawn patrol this morning. We were also able to watch the Marco Polo make it’s way up the river channel.
May 30, 2021
Nest #3 was found on the morning of May 30th.
June 1, 2021
Two more nests were located this morning. Both tracks were challenging to work, but we are happy to report that nests 4 and 5 are marked. If you are lucky enough to see a mama turtle nesting on the beach be sure to view from a distance. Disturbing the tracks or putting objects on the nest area makes it very difficult to read the field signs needed to locate the egg chamber. We need to see the tracks where the mama turtle enters and exits the pit area. Please avoid stepping on those areas. You can also help us by filling in holes dug on the beach and keeping the beaches dark.
June 12, 2021
We have nest #6! Volunteers found the crawl with a broken egg on top. Unfortunately, a ghost crab had already found the nest and eaten nine of the eggs. Hopefully we’ll be getting more nests soon!
June 13, 2021
We had a really busy morning this morning with two sea turtle crawls. One mama left her nest extremely high up in the dunes, after starting a body pit lower on the beach. The other crawl showed some signs of being a nest but after a long time of searching, our volunteers were not able to locate the egg chamber. We’ve marked this nest to keep an eye on it just in case.
June 14, 2021
Another day, another two crawls! One was a false crawl, meaning she decided not to nest. There did not appear to be any signs of disturbance, she just decided to wait. The other crawl was a nest.
June 21, 2021
Nest #9 was found today. The nest had to be relocated to a higher spot.
June 26, 2021
We had a busy morning. False crawl and we located nest 10!
June 27, 2021
We found nest #11 this morning. This mama spent a great deal of time in the dunes after nesting, before making her way back to the ocean.
July 2, 2021
A crawl was reported on the Back River by the fishing pier. It was investigated and sure enough a loggerhead had left a nest too low on the beach. Since the nest was going to have to be relocated, with permission from DNR, the eggs were removed and carefully transported via kayak to an area on the front side of the beach. This makes nest #12 for Tybee.
July 6, 2021
Nest #13 was located this morning. Volunteer Frank covered the entire beach and found the crawl at the very end of his survey. We did have to relocate the nest to a higher spot.
July 8, 2021
Tropical Storm Elsa did not stop our mama sea turtles. Nest #14 was found this morning as well as a false crawl.
July 11, 2021
A crawl was found on Saturday, but we were unable to locate the egg chamber. The area is marked as Possible Nest #2. We will monitor for the next 50-70 days.