Even though we live on the water, it's not the same as the beach. We love walking the wild beach and my favorite is Hunting Island.
If we go early we have the beach to ourselves.
If one sailed straight over the horizon, one would come ashore in Portugal.
All along the beach in the summer giant sea turtles lumber up the sand at night to dig a nest, deposit their eggs, and cover the nest with sand. In the mornings volunteers patrol the beach and put up enclosures to protect the nests.
When it's about time for the babies to hatch, the screen at the bottom is removed so they can make their way back to the sea.
Adult loggerheads can weigh over 300 pounds, with shells up to four feet in length. South Carolina has averaged 3,378 nests per year over the last 10 years.
Besides monitoring nests, volunteers care for injured turtles. This one sustained injuries from a crab trap rope entangled around its flipper. The rope was imbedded in the flipper, cutting to the bone, and the tip was missing. It was treated successfully and released. (Photo from the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources)
I hope I get to see a sea turtle in the wild some day.