Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Beautiful Wonder of Nature
Out of all the amazing creatures that live on Fripp Island the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is the pride and joy. Between mid-May and mid-October, huge female loggerhead sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Approximately, two months later a swarm of adorable baby sea turtles will take to the beach. Waddling their way to the ocean.

 

Returning Home

From May to October each year, Fripp Island experiences a wonder of nature. It is during this time that the loggerhead sea turtles return to nest. Each year dozens of adult females come ashore, on various stretches of beach, to lay a clutch of 100 or more eggs. Many of these females were born on the island only to return some 20 to 30 years later to nest.

Each female will nest and lay eggs 3-5 times each season, digging an egg chamber near dunes away from rising tides. After laying her eggs, the turtle will return to the ocean before returning 12 to 14 days later to build another nesting spot. After the final nesting, turtles return to the ocean and will repeat the cycle every 2-4 years.

Hatchlings

A sea turtle egg will incubate in about 60 days. This varies a bit with temperature, with warmer conditions leading to faster development of the embryos. Interestingly, cooler sand has a tendency to produce more males, while warmer sand produces more females. Once an embryos has fully developed, the hatchlings break out of their shell using “a temporary, sharp egg-tooth, called a ‘caruncle.’ The caruncle is an extension of the upper jaw that falls off soon after birth.” (conserveturtles.org) Now out of their shells, the little hatchlings somehow know to emerge from the sand. Usually emerging at night when the temperature is milder, they dig their way up through about 18” of sand. As a group, the newborns paddle their way to the top before beginning their journey across the sand. This process of emerging can take several days.

Heading to Sea

The journey to the sea is no small task for these little creatures. They must move quickly so as not to get dehydrated or become prey to birds or crabs. As mentioned earlier, many sea turtles return to the beach where they were born. Some scientists believe this is due to a turtle’s ability to read the earth’s magnetic field, while others believe the hatchlings takes an imprint of their birth beach, smell, sound, even celestial cues, while making the trek from nest to water. All pretty amazing, nonetheless.

What to Know

Here on Fripp Island, we are blessed to be a key location for loggerhead nesting along the east coast of the US. With that, it is our responsibility to be good stewards of their habitat and respect their space. To that effort we have the Fripp Island Loggerhead Patrol, made up of volunteers, which monitors and marks nests along the beaches each day throughout the season. (See their 2019 Photo Album and 2020 Photo Album and the 2021 Nest Log.)

Thank you, Fripp Island Loggerhead Patrol! We really appreciate all of your hard work.

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If you are fortunate and see an adult female nesting, or traveling to or from the ocean, it is very important to maintain a 20’ distance and be sure to stay clear of her path. Also, do not use flashlights while walking on the beach. If you encounter the hatchlings rising from the sand, or making their way to the water, do not get near and, again, do not use any lighting. Hatchlings rely on the moon over the water to guide their way and can get easily turned around if another light source is nearby.

If you see a hatchling moving away from the ocean, DO NOT pick it up, as it is against federal law to touch a sea turtle without the proper permit. If you see a hatchling and are worried about the direction in which it is moving, please call Fripp Island Security or the Activity Center at (843)-838-1516. (Source: Fripp Island Resort)

The wonders of Fripp island are abundant and the seasonal nesting of loggerhead sea turtles is no exception. Enjoy from a distance and share in the amazing process that has been going on for more than 100 million years!

Feels good to be back in Baja! Just in time to enjoy the best season! Clear and warm waters for the next few months! Can`t wait for more oceanlife!
Curious Loggerhead Turtle saying Hello!

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Feels good to be back in Baja! Just in time to enjoy the best season! Clear and warm waters for the next few months! Can`t wait for more oceanlife!
Curious Loggerhead Turtle saying Hello!

#sonyalpha #sony #ikelite #gopro #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #underwater #cabo #bajasur #loggerhead #loggerheadturtle #seaturtle #matingseason #sea #ocean #oceanlife
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A 6 hour layover in a tiny domestic Tanzanian airport while waiting to hop in a little Cessna and scootch over to an island 77 miles away, would appear to be the down time I needed to end my impromptu insta post hiatus and reminisce about meeting this babe last month.

Designated an endangered species, the loggerhead turtles of Kefalonia have learnt that if they head to Argostoli Harbour each morning and wait for the fishermen to return with their catch, they can score a free meal. 

As it turns out, this chonky lady is known locally as ‘Barb’, and identifiable by the clear boat strike wound on her carapace 🐢💙 

📍 Argostoli Harbour, Kefalonia, Greece

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A 6 hour layover in a tiny domestic Tanzanian airport while waiting to hop in a little Cessna and scootch over to an island 77 miles away, would appear to be the down time I needed to end my impromptu insta post hiatus and reminisce about meeting this babe last month.

Designated an endangered species, the loggerhead turtles of Kefalonia have learnt that if they head to Argostoli Harbour each morning and wait for the fishermen to return with their catch, they can score a free meal.

As it turns out, this chonky lady is known locally as ‘Barb’, and identifiable by the clear boat strike wound on her carapace 🐢💙

📍 Argostoli Harbour, Kefalonia, Greece

#carettacaretta #loggerheadturtle #endangeredspecies #argostoliharbour #travelgreece #turtlepower #livingseas #underthesea #adventureeverwhere #travelbug #canonuk #ourblueplanet #shutterbugs #exploremore #seascape #justgoshoot #marinewildlife #igersnature #findyourwild
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This is what happens below the waves.

Most people come to Byron Bay for the amazing surf and cool vibes but don't realize that just below those same waves you can have magical encounters such as this one.

You can get up close and personal with these gentle giants that look like dinosaurs but are actually calm and curious.
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Shot with my gopro #Hero10 wearing my cressi1946 #prostar #tokugawa gear while freediving in byron.bay.nsw
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This is what happens below the waves.

Most people come to Byron Bay for the amazing surf and cool vibes but don't realize that just below those same waves you can have magical encounters such as this one.

You can get up close and personal with these gentle giants that look like dinosaurs but are actually calm and curious.
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Shot with my gopro #Hero10 wearing my cressi1946 #prostar #tokugawa gear while freediving in byron.bay.nsw
argentinosenaustralia
#loggerhead #turtle #loggerheadturtle #PADI #GOPRO #CRESSI #argentinosenaustralia #freediving #scubadiving #snorkel #travel #summer #underwater #nature #photography #seeaustralia #marinelife #byronbay #nsw #wreck #videography #trendyreels #viral
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More baby turtle spam.
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Dinosaur Determination 💕💪🏼 Sea turtles have been around for at least the last 50 million years and cope surprisingly well with missing limbs! These long-lived reptiles are difficult to age with current methods including mark-recapture and skeletal examinations and excluding how much algae an individual is covered in, which is often a sign of poor health rather than age 🩺👵🏼

Video By - jacintashackleton

#loggerheadturtle #turtle #marinebiology #reef #ocean #deepblue #loggerhead

Dinosaur Determination 💕💪🏼 Sea turtles have been around for at least the last 50 million years and cope surprisingly well with missing limbs! These long-lived reptiles are difficult to age with current methods including mark-recapture and skeletal examinations and excluding how much algae an individual is covered in, which is often a sign of poor health rather than age 🩺👵🏼

Video By - jacintashackleton

#loggerheadturtle #turtle #marinebiology #reef #ocean #deepblue #loggerhead
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Giving to Conserve had the honour of joining archelon_greece again this year on routine loggerhead sea turtle nest excavations. These public awareness events are carried out 10 days after evidence has been found that turtles have emerged. This allows ample time for most individuals to hatch and go to sea, however, some turtles may struggle or are naturally late to hatch. With loggerhead turtle populations decreasing and many threats such as light pollution, habitat disturbance, and sand temperatures rising, it is imperative that as many turtles make it to sea as possible. 

The team of staff at Archelon took various recordings, such as nest depth, distance from the sea, amount of hatchlings alive/mortalities, and more.

We would like to say another huge thank you to the Archelon team for allowing us to join them. An amazing experience with a vital causes 💙

To find out more about Archelon, visit their website at:
https://www.archelon.gr/index_eng.php

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Giving to Conserve had the honour of joining archelon_greece again this year on routine loggerhead sea turtle nest excavations. These public awareness events are carried out 10 days after evidence has been found that turtles have emerged. This allows ample time for most individuals to hatch and go to sea, however, some turtles may struggle or are naturally late to hatch. With loggerhead turtle populations decreasing and many threats such as light pollution, habitat disturbance, and sand temperatures rising, it is imperative that as many turtles make it to sea as possible.

The team of staff at Archelon took various recordings, such as nest depth, distance from the sea, amount of hatchlings alive/mortalities, and more.

We would like to say another huge thank you to the Archelon team for allowing us to join them. An amazing experience with a vital causes 💙

To find out more about Archelon, visit their website at:
https://www.archelon.gr/index_eng.php

#turtle #turtles #turtlesofinstagram #reptile #nature #reptiles #animals #seaturtle #turtlelife #reptilesofinstagram #turtlelove #animal #ocean #turtlelover #sea #turtlepower #love #wildlife #photography #turtleturtle #seaturtles #loggerheadturtle #climatechange #marineconservation #turtleconservation #conservation #archelon #endangeredspecies #greece
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CEDIFOP - Foto dal corso libero n.ro 08/PA/2013 per "Operatore Tecnico Subacqueo Specializzato" (Harbour Diver -
Palermo 19/09/2014 - 20/12/2014)
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CEDIFOP PALERMO: Corsi per Commercial Diver, LIVELLI: OTS (HARBOUR DIVER) - INSHORE DIVER (SALDATORE SUBACQUEO) - OFFSHORE AIR DIVER (TOP UP) - DIVER MEDIC
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foto dal corso per OTS del CEDIFOP, valido per l'iscrizione presso una Capitaneria di Porto in Italia, per il rilascio del "Libretto di Ricognizione" (D.M. 13/01/1979)
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INFO 338.3756051 (anche su WhatsApp) - cedifop@cedifop.it - www.cedifop.it
SEDE: Molo Sammuzzo, Porto di Palermo
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CEDIFOP - Foto dal corso libero n.ro 08/PA/2013 per "Operatore Tecnico Subacqueo Specializzato" (Harbour Diver -
Palermo 19/09/2014 - 20/12/2014)
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CEDIFOP PALERMO: Corsi per Commercial Diver, LIVELLI: OTS (HARBOUR DIVER) - INSHORE DIVER (SALDATORE SUBACQUEO) - OFFSHORE AIR DIVER (TOP UP) - DIVER MEDIC
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foto dal corso per OTS del CEDIFOP, valido per l'iscrizione presso una Capitaneria di Porto in Italia, per il rilascio del "Libretto di Ricognizione" (D.M. 13/01/1979)
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INFO 338.3756051 (anche su WhatsApp) - cedifop@cedifop.it - www.cedifop.it
SEDE: Molo Sammuzzo, Porto di Palermo
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#stachelrochen #bluespottedstingray #cedifop #stingrayfish #rochen #blaupunktrochen #stingray #redseaunderwater #rotesmeer #natureunderwater #wildlife_photography #uwwildlife #wildplanet #snorkeling #schnorcheln #uwwildlife #loggerhead #loggerheadturtle #uwphotography #uwwildlife #underwaterphotography #ocean #turtle #wildlifephotography #marinebiology #oceanlife #freediving #ladyelliotisland #ladyelliotislandecoresort #ladyelliot
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The Fripp Island Resort offers a Turtle Walk nature program to visit the nests and learn about these magnificent creatures.  May through September. 

☏ 843-838-1516