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Myrtle Beach city staff are experts at spotting sea turtle crawl signs in the sand. Sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs on the same beach where they were born. Our city crews are working as early as 4:00 a.m. and keep a sharp eye out for turtle crawls in the pre-dawn hours. When they spot one, they notify rangers at Myrtle Beach State Park, who come find the nest and relocate the eggs to a less busy part of the strand. For 2019, we had 26 sea turtle nests within city limits. So far this year, six nests have been discovered, with several months left in the season. Remember that sea turtles are protected by federal law, with fines up to $15,000 for disturbing turtles, eggs or hatchlings. Do not shine lights on sea turtles, as they use the stars to guide them back to shore.
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