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Monday, March 24, 2014

For Immediate Release   NMB Historical Museum

 March 18, 2014

                                  Museum Welcomes Turtle Skeleton and Finders 

North Myrtle Beach, SC: North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum recently received a partially
reconstructed loggerhead turtle skeleton. Thirteen-year-old Vivian Mills and her brother Naaman of Raleigh,  NC, discovered the skeleton last August when vacationing in North Myrtle Beach.

"I was amazed," recalled Vivian, who saw the assembled skeleton in the Museum on Friday. Last summer when she noticed the turtle in the water at 50th Avenue North, "…[the turtle] looked as if it had decided to take a nap, flipped over, and died right in front of our house!"

Vivian and Naaman retrieved the bones and reassembled them on a towel. Their parents contacted
North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol volunteer Rob Kayton let the bones dry for several months before painstakingly piecing them together. He installed the skeleton in the Museum.

Because Sea Turtles are an endangered species, it is illegal to have any parts of a sea turtle, bones, eggs, scutes in your possession.  The NMB Historical Museum has obtained a permit from SCDR to display this skeleton.

Photo caption: (left to right) North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol Coordinator Linda Mataya, skeleton retrievers Vivian and Naaman Mills, and Museum Director Jenean Todd stand below "Frank" the turtle.

"Frank," the turtle is displayed in the Sea Turtle section of the Museum's long-term exhibits. Also on display are a nest cutaway fabricated by North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers Linda Mataya, Carol McMurrain, and Rob Kayton; and three murals depicting scenes from the turtle life cycle painted by Sherry Kelley. There is a reading area with books about sea turtles where visitors can relax and read about the wonderful creatures which nest on local beaches.

When asked why she named the turtle "Frank,' Vivian replied, "I name everything "Frank."

Sea turtle season begins May 1. North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers will begin their early morning beach treks looking for evidence of nests. On Friday, May 2, a new exhibit opens at the Museum.

Sea Turtles: Captured in Art and Photography features the work of local artists and images taken by
photographer Julie Bostian.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ST Patricks Day Parade and Festival

Saturday, March 15th,  the City of NMB celebrates St Patrick's Day with a Parade and Festival.
Over 34,000 people attended the Parade and Festival and the Parade was televised, not only locally but to markets in the North East.  Great Day, cold rain during the week ended just in time so was sunny and warm..

Volunteers from the NMB Sea Turtle Patrol were asked to handle the big "Green" NMB City Balloon, how appropriate!!

Caretta, our sea turtle mascot braved the changing weather to come out and walk.

How many NMB STP Volunteers does it take to tear down a tent?......

Job well down

Several of the NMP Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers also helped the NMB Dept of Parks and Recs, starting at 5:45AM.   A huge thanks to all who helped either with the Patrol or with the Dept of Parks and Recs.  A huge event.  A great opportunity to get the word out about the Sea turtles!!

Thank you Mary Ann, Mary and Brenda for your pictures!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Presentation to a great group of interested students

NMB Sea Turtle Patrol volunteer, Mary recently gave a presentation about sea turtles to the students of  Current Transitions.   These young adults were very interested in the sea turtles.

Land vs Sea Turtle

Hatchlings emerging from a nest

Of course....Jelly Fish

Mary brought lots of hands on material

The presentation ended with each student making their own sea turtle

A HUGE THANKS to Mary....Great, fun presentation for these students

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NMB Park and Sports Complex Clean Up

Just before the opening of the new NMB Park and Sports Complex on March 1st, theNMB  Parks and Recs.  Department asked volunteers to help clean up.  Many NMB Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteers were ready, willing and able:

One treasure found near the lake...A yellow Belly Slider shell, all soft material is completely gone..

What a great educational tool, some SCUTES are missing so can see the rib bones both outside and inside.

A Great DAY...A huge thanks to all of the volunteers from different organizations who helped with this cleanup.  A Special thanks to all of the NMB Sea Turtle PAtrol Volunteers who gave up their Tuesdya afternoon to help.  The weather was perfect, not to hot or cold, sunny...

What a beautiful park!!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Turtle Nesting Season dedicated to Sandy Moore

The 2014 Sea Turtle Nesting Season is just over 3 months away.  The NMB STP is dedicating this season to Sandy Moore and her fight against a rare form of cancer.  Sandy has been a valuable member of our team since the beginning, starting with us in 2010.  Sandy is also one of our few volunteers who grow up in North Myrtle Beach.  She has witnessed all the changes in the last 30 plus years.  Sandy kept many of us mesmerized with her stories of growing up on the beach when times were slower, buildings were smaller and the tourist traffic was lighter.    She has many stories of Hurricane Hugo.  We will see her back on the beach this coming summer!

Rare scene on the Beach...Jan 29-30

A rare ice, sleet and snow storm with very cold temps shut down most of North Myrtle Beach.  Schools were closed for at least 3 days.....stores operated on special hours...Local Kids had fun (?) treat and an unplanned holiday.....

Ocean Blvd.   Cherry Grove

Looks like a layer of snow but actually a layer of sleet with thick ice underneath

Those are not car tracks, just the lower portion of the power lines.   Street covering is so hard, 
tracks are not visible.

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