If you see a turtle nesting, please respect her needs and leave her alone to take care of Nature’s work — she has an enormous task to accomplish. It’s okay to watch quietly from a distance, but no taking pictures or shining lights in her direction, and certainly do not disturb the nest in any way.
The sea turtles that visit our beaches are all Federally protected, so only individuals with special authorization and training experiences are permitted to touch the turtles (live or dead), their eggs, or their nests; disturbing any sea turtle, its nest or its eggs is punishable under Federal law and carries large fines as well as possible jail sentencing. If you see a turtle on the beach, leave it alone! If it is injured or somehow in distress, call this number, 843-455-1242, and record the nature of the problem and the location of the turtle. A SCUTE coordinator will respond as soon as possible. If it is a mother coming in to lay her eggs, sit quietly at a distance and do not disturb her as she goes about her business.