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If you’ve stayed in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals during this time of year, or in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC out on Folly, then you may already know   –   June means turtle season is fully here.

The sands near your Charleston beach house are prime nesting locales for the Lowcountry’s beloved mascot, the loggerhead.

Nesting season stretches from May 1st to October 31st.  The Isle of Palms has a town ordinance that no lights may be on or visible from the beach during this period.  Why?  Well, that’s a good question.

During this time of the year, loggerhead females come ashore and lay nests in the sand.  When the eggs hatch, the little hatchlings are guided by the moonlight shining over the ocean as they try to make their way toward the water.

Unfortunately, artificial lights from a beach house Charleston can confuse the hatchlings and make them go the wrong way, away from the surf.

So if you are in an oceanfront luxury house on Isle of Palms, make sure all exterior lights facing the ocean are turned off after dark.  Actually if you are staying in SC vacation rentals anywhere along the coast, you should do the same, whether there’s an ordinance or not.  Give the tiny turtle hatchlings a chance!

And in related (and exciting) turtle news… the South Carolina Aquarium and SC Department of Natural Resources released three rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean this week.  It took place at right here at the Isle of Palms County Park, just a short distance from ourIsle of Palms luxury rentals.

People literally come from around the globe to witness these triumphant releases, so count yourself lucky if you are already here in one of our beach rentals Charleston.

The turtles  —  two loggerheads and a green turtle  —  are among the 166 turtles who are have been rehabilitated and released by Aquarium’s turtle hospital in the past 15 years.  It’s an amazing facility doing yeoman work.

The turtles released back to freedom were:

McAdoo  – a 50-pound loggerhead rescued from Myrtle Beach in August who had been struck by a boat and bitten by a shark;

Buck – a 105-pound loggerhead who was found lethargic and dehydrated by a McClellanville dock last July, probably poisoned by toxins; he was so weak, he couldn’t even paddle his flippers enough to keep himself right-side up;

Bohicket  –  a juvenile green turtle found floating near Bohicket Marina (Johns Island) in April with a digestive blockage due to ingested five different types of ingested plastic.

All three are triumphs, Buck’s perhaps the greatest yet in the history of the SC Aquarium – and that’s saying a lot (read about one in this previous BLOG).  Their stories are really worth reading more about:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150608/PC16/150609402

So Lights Out for Loggerheads…. And when you are in the market for rental homes South Carolina, or more specifically beach house rentals Charleston SC, CONTACT Exclusive Properties for the coolest ones.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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