Turtle Tide Art Project
About the Turtle Tide Art Project
Starting in 2022, the Edisto Chamber of Commerce created the Turtle Tide Art Project as a way to benefit local businesses, artists, and non-profit organizations. The Turtle Tide Art Project will help raise funding for a variety of local non-profits. In addition to supporting non-profits, the turtles will offer residents and visitors a glimpse into Edisto’s creative art community, as well as provide informational facts about the loggerhead turtles that call the Island home. To learn more about 2022’s turtles, read our blog here: Turtle Tide Art Project at Edisto Beach.
The turtles arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each one into their own unique artistic creations. After the “Reveal” event in June, the turtles then take up residence in Edisto over Turtle Season (May-October). During Edisto’s Fall Fest on October 15, they will be put up for auction to find their “forever home”. Proceeds from the auction will go to the designated non-profits associated with each turtle.
We have several local non-profits that are doing great work within the community:
- Animal Lovers of Edisto (ALOE)
- Edisto Belles/Breast Health Advocacy
- Edisto Island Community Association
- Edisto Art Guild
- Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
- Edisto Island Open Land Trust
- Edisto Island Youth Recreation
- Edisto Lion’s Club
- Edisto Women’s Club
- FRESPACE (Friends of the Edisto Beach State Park and ACE Basin)
- The Good Samaritan Clinic
- Keep Edisto Beautiful
- King’s Daughters
Read more about them here!
2022 Partners & Support
A huge thank-you to some important partners for the first year of the Turtle Tide Art Project:
Additional support provided from the following (thank you!):
Turtle Tide Guide
We’re excited to show off our interactive Turtle Tide Guide! This guide will help you discover all ten of the turtles around Edisto, learn more about the project and why protecting Edisto turtles is so important. Click each turtle to open their locations on Google Maps and download it through the button below!
Why Loggerhead Turtles are Important to Edisto
Long before anyone had settled on Edisto, loggerhead turtles called the beach their home. On Edisto, turtle season is from May to October, when turtles will come ashore to lay their eggs and eventually return back to the ocean. If you’ve ever visited the Island during turtle season, you know we take this time seriously and have several rules in place to ensure the hatchlings make it out of their shells and into the ocean safely.
Fun facts about Loggerhead turtles:
- Female Loggerhead Turtles nest every 2 to 3 years.
- Nesting turtles will lay 3 to 5 clutches (the number of eggs in a nest) in a single season.
- Once the nest is laid, the female never visits her nest again.
- Mature turtles weigh between 250 and 400 pounds!
- Only adult females come ashore, males spend their entire life in the ocean.
- Sea turtles cannot retract their heads or flippers as land turtles do.
- Adult Loggerheads are reddish brown above and creamy yellow below.
- Between 50 and 150 nests are found on Edisto each year! We are thankful to have the Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project and Edisto Beach State Park helping protect these nests and educating the public on the turtles.
- Nesting females are skittish and avoid lighted beaches. One of our rules during turtle season is no flashlights at night on the beach or around the beach front area. Another reason for our “no lights” rule is that hatching turtles are attracted to the light and will often follow it and go the wrong way!
- Though other species visit, only Loggerheads nest here.