Tragic End for a Noble Sea Turtle

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Marine Science Center, News

Tybee Marine Science Center – May 2010 Update
May 5, 2010

Tybee Island Marine Science Center staff recovered a dead Loggerhead sea turtle about 300 yards east of Tybee’s Cockspur Lighthouse on May 5th. The sea turtle was killed by a boat’s propeller. Members of Coast Guard Station Tybee helped recover it from the water, and it was transported to the Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division in Brunswick, GA.

Turtle nesting season on Georgia’s coast started May 1st and runs through October 31st.  This time of year, the female loggerheads are heading for the coastal sands to build nests and hatch their young. Not only are Tybee residents and visitors along the beach asked to turn off or shade their porch, car and portable outdoor lights by 9:00pm during turtle nesting season, area boaters are also asked to be aware of the presence of these animals in our local waters, and slow down.  Please, remember to watch out for turtles this summer, and take extra precautions.  Anyone wishing to find out more about loggerheads and the many other aquatic creatures that inhabit Tybee’s waters should visit the Tybee Marine Science Center located near the Tybee pier and pavilion at South End.

For more information about their educational programs call 912-786-5917, or visit:

Join the 12th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races to benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Saturday, June 12, 2010, 8:30AM

There are 3 races – the River Race is 6 ½ miles on the river.  The Little Tybee Challenge is about 8 ½ miles around part of Little Tybee.  The Race across the River is a fun short race for the Gold Sponsors.  Races begin at 8:30 a.m.; registration is 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Please, join us at A.J.’s Dockside Restaurant, 1315 Chatham Ave., on Tybee to participate or simply observe and be part of the fun.We thank everyone who has already signed on as a sponsor and invite any individual or business who would like to sponsor to contact us.

For more information call 912-786-5917, or visit

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