6 baby sea turtles found in a trash can at a Tybee Island, Ga. hotel
by Caitlyn Penter
Tybee Island, Ga (WTGS Fox 28) — Six baby loggerhead sea turtles were found in a trashcan full of water by a housekeeper at Admiral’s Inn on Tybee Island. The turtles had just recently hatched.
Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Tybee police responded to the incident, and took the turtles to the Tybee Marine Science Center.
According to Georgia DNR, the person responsible for keeping the sea turtles in the trashcan could face a fine. They are currently investigating the incident.
Five of the turtles were released into the ocean on Tuesday night.
One turtle is being kept at the center as a part of their sea turtle stranding network program. Every two years, the science center receives a sea turtle for educational purposes.
“This’ll be our first resident that has a much different story attached to it. It’s not a straggler. Instead it was one that was confiscated from a hotel room, » said Chantal Audran, curator for Tybee Island Marine Science Center.
Loggerhead sea turtles are protected, endangered species. People are not allowed to disturb the turtles or their nests.
“We don’t even let volunteers at the science center touch them,” said Audran.
Audran reminded people to knock down sandcastles, fill any holes and keep the beach clean. This will help the baby sea turtles and make their journey to the ocean much smoother.
Audran said that when turtle officials went to the nest location on Tuesday night, there was a sandcastle in front of the nest.
The baby sea turtle at the science center is currently 18.5 grams. He will grow to be nearly 15 pounds.
You can see the turtle in a behind-the-scenes tour of the science center. According to Audran, he will grow to nearly 15 pounds.
Tybee turtle officials and volunteers are continuing to monitor the nest where the siblings of these turtles remain unhatched.
The science center would not release the location of this nest in order to maintain the safety of the sea turtles.