Officials rescue disoriented loggerhead sea turtle from Hilton Head swimming pool

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Battalion Chief Jeffrey Hartberger, Lt. Kevin Osterstock, FAO Alan Hover, and FF. Fred Jenkins from the Hilton Head Island Fire Department help rescue a disoriented loggerhead sea turtle from a pool. Photo Credit: Coastal Discovery Museum.

A wayward loggerhead sea turtle was rescued after falling into an in-ground swimming pool in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in early June. The 250-pound turtle nested after coming ashore and then became disoriented, apparently confused by artificial lights. A nearby resident in the Port Royal Plantation called officials after spotting the turtle in the pool. The Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division joined with the Coastal Discovery Museum staff in carefully pulling the turtle out of the pool, securing it on a body board and returning it to sea. Officials said the turtle appeared healthy as it swam off into the Atlantic Ocean.

As do many seaside communities, the area has a “lights out” ordinance in effect during turtle nesting season – May 1 through Ocober 31 – that requires residents to in beachside homes to keep their lights off after 10:00 p.m. because lights can confuse nesting turtles, which rely on natural light over the ocean to guide them back to sea.

The sea turtle is returned to the Atlantic Ocean.

One comment to Officials rescue disoriented loggerhead sea turtle from Hilton Head swimming pool

  • Hurleydi  says:

    Love these Beach Maniac stories!

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