Every summer there are almost two hundred sea turtle nests on the Oak Island and Caswell barrier Island beaches. Every morning volunteers walk the beach looking for new nests, and mark the locations on GPS. Then they dig down and remove one egg for DNA records. Then when the hatch is nearly ready the volunteers create a lined path for the hatchings back into the surf. And when they hatch the volunteers watch to see that they reach the water safely. Average nests of 120 baby turtles each mean that about 24,000 hatchlings are returned to the ocean every year from our beach alone. Survival rates are not that good and less than one in a thousand make it to maturity.
SSt James Plantation was alive all week. The beach club was swimming, the golf courses were hitting, the tennis courts were swinging the boaters were cruising and the fishermen were catching. So many kids and grandkids out having a great time with smiles on the faces of all us grandparents. That is me covered with sand.
The Nina and Pinta showed up here close to Southport and St James. They were on the way to Wilmington to go on display for this week. Looks like a tough way to get from Spain to our new world!
These are actually replicas of Christopher Columbus’s ships. These floating museums visit ports around the world to educate the public on the history of the ships.
The Nina and the Pinta were hand selected by Columbus to make four transatlantic voyages over a 12-year period to open up a new world that people pretty much didn’t think existed,” Captain Stephen Sanger said. “You know, a lot of people(at the time) thinking the world is flat and going out there and proving the world is round.” Sanger is captain of the Nina.
Tickets are available to go onto the ship! It is located in Wilmington, NC which is just a short drive from St.James Plantation! This is one of the many events that happen in and around the area for everyone to enjoy!
The beach club is open for swimmers and beachers. The ocean water temperature is up to 72 degrees and the pool is warmer yet. Sun sets are beautiful there and you can even order delivery pizzas there.
Now is the perfect time to hit the beach. Water temperature is 83 degrees, Air temperature is 88 degrees and the sun is shining.
Every summer the turtles nest on the Oak Island beach. Every morning someone tours the beach looking for turtle tracks. The nests are located on GPS, then obscured until they are ready to hatch. 159 nests so far, this year, with an average hatch of 120 per nest. On their due date, a trail is created to the water and and the hatch boil is protected. The odds of each baby turtle reaching maturity and returning to nest are 1 in 20,000, but at least we get them started.