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Largest sea turtle nest of year found near Skywheel

Turtle tracks on the beach (Source: Myrtle Beach State Park) Turtle tracks on the beach (Source: Myrtle Beach State Park)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The rangers at Myrtle Beach State Park have relocated the largest sea turtle nest of the year, with 136 eggs laid near the Skywheel Wednesday morning.

Interpretive Ranger Ann Malys Wilson with the Myrtle Beach State Park tells WMBF News that the first call about the two nests found overnight came from the City of Myrtle Beach around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, reporting one nest had been discovered on the beach in the area of 31st Avenue North.

Another call came shortly after, saying a turtle was nesting on the beach in front of the Myrtle Beach Skywheel at 4:41 a.m.

That turtle had finished nesting before rangers arrived, but they followed her into the water to see that the turtle did not have external tags on her flipper. That turtle laid 136 eggs, making her nest the largest to be found and relocated to the Myrtle Beach State Park this year, Wilson said.

The nest from 31st Avenue was also relocated to the state park. That nest contained 112 eggs.

Both nests were discovered before daybreak, but rangers managed to capture photos from the second nesting site to share with our viewers.

You can join the Myrtle Beach State Beach this summer to learn more about sea turtles. They offer several interactive, nature programs including TSI: Turtle Scene Investigation and Sea Turtle Patrol, which are held weekly during the summer months.

For more information on how you and your kids can get involved, visit the Myrtle Beach State Park online.

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