Lights Out Folly Beach

Did you know that Folly’s beach is a protected sea turtle nesting area? Starting in May each year, loggerhead sea turtles begin to crawl onto the beach and lay their nests near the sand dunes. Nesting season lasts through October. During this time, it is very important to remember to adhere the following:

  • Beachfront lights must be out from dusk to dawn. Please be sure to turn off any lights that illuminate the beach, and close curtains and blinds.
  • If using a flashlight on the beach at night, use one that has a red filter.
  • Fill in any holes in the sand and knock down any mounds. While digging in the sand and building sandcastles are lots of fun, sea turtles can get trapped or pushed off course when trying to make their way onto or off the beach.
  • Do not leave beach gear or trash behind.
  • No flash photography if you happen upon a sea turtle.
  • Do not disturb or threaten the sea turtles or the nests. This is a federal offense.
  • If you see a turtle, keep a safe distance and no flash photography.

This little sea turtle is headed out to the sea!
Video courtesy of Around Charleston.

Follow the Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program on Facebook for the latest Folly Beach sea turtle information.

Check out the Sea Turtle Care Center™ at the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston to learn more about the beautiful creatures with interactive experiences and a chance to see them up close.

View sea turtle nesting on Folly Beach in real time on the SC DNR sea turtle nest monitoring page.