EBLTP Turtle Patrol volunteers conduct an inventory on a recently hatched nest. Hatched and unhatched eggs are counted 3 days after hatching finishes. Success rates are calculated and reported to SC DNR.

About Us

EBLTP (Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project) is the official sea turtle preservation team for endangered sea turtles in the Town of Edisto Beach. Established in 1982, the organization is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in South Carolina and obtains annual authorization from the SC DNR to perform conservation activities. Its fifty-some volunteers train extensively to professionally assist nesting turtles, stranded turtles, and hatchlings.​

You’ll see us each day at dawn and often in the evenings walking the beach locating nests, protecting them with stakes, tape, and fencing as well as conducting inventories on recently hatched nests. Authorized Turtle Patrol members wear shirts saying “Volunteer” or “Turtle Patrol.”

You can help by...

  • Standing far away from nesting mamas and hatchlings, allowing them to get safely to and from the ocean. 

  • Reporting any turtles in distress or unauthorized persons interfering with turtles immediately to Edisto Beach Police at 843-549-2211.