There is much these majestic creatures can teach us.
Turtle lovers across the globe celebrate World Sea Turtle Day each year in June. Local turtle lovers should have a second celebration marked on the calendar: July 1 — the official start of sea turtle hatchling season here in the Lowcountry.
Many loggerhead sea turtle moms made incredible journeys across the ocean to lay their eggs on their favorite beach. Now it’s time for all of the cute little babies to get cracking! To celebrate this marvelous local experience, we dedicate this special summer issue to the terrific turtles of the Lowcountry. There is much these majestic creatures can teach us:
- Life begins at the beach
- Sometimes you have to dig yourself out of a hole you didn’t dig
- Embrace your pace
- Don’t look back
- Cherish the time you have alone
- Keep a hard shell, you might need it
- Be a good navigator
- Stay calm under pressure
- Don’t forget to come up for air
- Think long term
- Never forget where you came from
- Age gracefully
- Enjoy the views
- Keep the faith, you’ll make it
Inside, you will learn all about our land and sea turtles and the important roles they play in our environment. We identify turtle hot spots, introduce you to turtle experts, share ways to make your home more turtle friendly, showcase turtle artwork and much more. It’s one “shell” of an issue!
“And the turtles, of course … all the turtles are free, as turtles, and, maybe, all creatures should be.” – Dr. Seuss
Behold the turtles
Who didn’t have a pet turtle at some point? I grew up in Ohio, so it was box turtles for me. Here in the Lowcountry, an aquarium is not required. My friend, Tracy, lives on a pond and has the turtles there trained like pets. When she steps on her back deck, they know it’s snack time, and flock to her for a tasty morsel.