Biologist: Tybee Island sand OK for sea turtles


A state biologist says the sand on Tybee Island isn't too hard for nesting sea turtles after all.

Mark Dodd of the Department of Natural Resources says he took a second look at Tybee after concluding last month that a recent beach renourishment left the sand too dense for loggerhead sea turtles to dig nests for their eggs.

Dodd said he previously looked at sand too close to the tide line. The second time, he checked higher on the beach where the sand stays dry, which is where turtles prefer to nest. The sand was soft enough there.

Tybee officials had estimated it would cost the city $10,000 or more to till the beach. Now the work won't be needed.

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