Friday, September 25, 2009

Stupid people responsible for mass turtle deaths

Photo of loggerhead sea turtle from seaturtlenet.com.



Romantic proposal leads to turtle deaths

The Associated Press • September 25, 2009


HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A wedding proposal led to the deaths of dozens of federally protected loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings on a South Carolina beach.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports a man placed 150 waxed bags with candles inside on the beach on the resort island Tuesday night.

After the proposal, the couple left the candles lit. Sixty hatchlings emerged from a nearby nest and couldn't find the shore.

Town natural resources associate Sarah Skigen says some turtles circled the lights until they died or were eaten by crabs. Others headed toward dunes, lagoons and backyards.

The couple got a warning and Skigen says they showed remorse. The couple said they didn't know about light restrictions during nesting season.
Hilton Head is known for its wildlife. One of my favorite places in the world is the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, a beautiful island adjacent to Hilton Head. Anyone who is so clueless that they think they can litter this area with their candles and trash, is a dope that doesn't deserve HH beach access EVER AGAIN. But that's just my opinion, of course.

The poor turtles. :(

8 comments:

JoJo said...

OMG, that makes me sick. It was a romantic idea and all, but man alive. :(

spookie said...

Thanks for posting this. I had no idea about this tragedy. How sad. Those poor turtles were completely confused. I sure don't have any idea how people who live near that area could NOT know about the restrictions, but then again, just because *I* would...

UGH.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I hope "warning" means "big honking fine" ...

Rachel said...

A romantic that didn't clean up his fucking mess is not really a romantic...but then again, I'm not the one he was trying to impress I reckon. Littering is really NOT cool, even if you didn't know about the lighting restrictions...

FilthyGrandeur said...

(now you knew telling me not to read this would make me do so).

this is very sad...

but i have a happy turtle story: i was in Hell Michigan a few weeks ago with my bro and a friend of the family checking out the wedding chapel, and my brother pointed out a turtle crossing the road. just as i was going to scoop it up a car was coming, and i began to freak out. but the driver stopped, got out, picked up the turtle and put it on the other side of the road. i thanked him, and he said that one time he didn't stop for a turtle, and when he drove back later, it was dead in the road. he didn't want that to happen again. i thought it was very sweet...

i hope this guy was fined for this--those poor baby turtles...

Anonymous said...

They'd better have a hefty, hefty fine. I find it hard to believe that if you live somewhere that you somehow could - not - be familiar with the local wildlife habits. And who the hell leaves a hundred and fifty lit candles alone? Damn litterers. Should get a fine for that too.

-A.W.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You guys probably shouldn't judge them so quickly. Why are you all assuming they're from the area? I know this couple personally, and they happened to be vacationing from out of state. They weren't locals who knew the rules. Who thinks to check on candle lighting rules at their vacation spot? I've never even heard of such a thing. They also weren't littering. They left the candles lit because they were STILL THERE enjoying the romantic atmosphere as the sun rose. Sheesh. Hope you people never do something accidentally and expect mercy, since you're so quick to pass judgment.

Blue Heron said...

Aeschylus, the greek poet and playwright, was born in 525 b.c. in Eleusis. He was the father of the greek tragedy. It is said that he died after the battle of Marathon when an eagle dropped a turtle on his head. So these things have a way of coming around.