Trish Petrie named her Inn after the turtles on the beach. Turtle season runs from May through October and during those months Turtle Patrol walks our beach every morning for signs of nests, she explains. If they find signs of nests and not a “false crawl”, they protect them by placing chicken wire on the sand over them (baby turtles can crawl out but predators can’t dig in). They number the nests and mark them with crime scene ribbon. Laying and hatching occurs around the full moon. We have the most beautiful night light ever. Big water out there. When the Inn was built they passed a regulation for “turtle glass” so that light doesn’t reflect out onto the beach. When the babies hatch, the path looks like a tractor wheel. Some years we have more nests than others. It just seemed like a good fit to name the Inn after the turtles – Turtle Beach Inn.
It’s a turtle egg laying zone so you really never know how many nests you may find. One year we had a couple from Denmark come and stay with us. They swore they swam with the baby turtles. I told them that was “unlikely” and went down to the beach with them to check it out. Sure enough there were turtle egg shells everywhere on the shore. It was just after Hurricane Dennis. A nest from up in the dunes had gotten moved down to the water line. It didn’t get destroyed. They survived! It was just amazing.
Can’t believe it? Stay with Adventure Guide Trish and she will show you the evidence!
Updated: Dec 08, 2017 0:36
Published: Mar 01, 2015 21:04