Sea Turtle Nesting Season Has Begun

You are allowed to watch from a distance but remember to pick up any trash as well as fill in holes in the sand and turn off your flashlights if using them at night on the beach.

May marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting along the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach officials are reminding people to be mindful of the animals as they are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Marine Turtle Protection Act. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says that individuals who violate federal law by harming or interfering with sea turtles or their nests can be subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and up to a year’s imprisonment. You are allowed to watch from a distance but remember to pick up any trash as well as fill in holes in the sand and turn off your flashlights if using them at night on the beach.