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What do you do if you see a sea turtle? Leave it alone!

JUNE 22, 2023

A friendly reminder from our sea turtle friends who are currently nesting on Myrtle Beach's shore... "LEAVE ME ALONE!"

We are happy to report two sea turtles have nested within our city limits since sea turtle nesting season began in Myrtle Beach on May 1. The most recent nest occurred over the weekend, and produced 115 loggerhead sea turtle eggs. Due to the amount of people who enjoy our beach, all sea turtle nests are relocated to Myrtle Beach State Park.
Remember, it is illegal under South Carolina and federal law to disturb sea turtles, with fines of up to $15,000. If you see a nesting turtle, stay away! Sea turtles are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Do not disturb, touch, shine a light on or otherwise interfere with sea turtles, their nests or the hatchlings. If you see people disturbing a sea turtle or its nest, contact Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1382.