Posts Tagged ‘Georgia Sea Turtle Center’

St. Simons Island is for (Nature) Lovers

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Nature is alive and well on our small island. All you have to do is take a walk and you are sure to see wildlife wherever you look.

Alligators: There are many ponds where you can see alligators in their natural habitat. They can also be spotted on one of the many golf courses on the island including The King and Prince Golf Course. Just remember- don’t get too close to the alligators.

Dolphins: One of the advantages to being on the coast is the abundance of sea life right outside our door. No matter how many times you’ve seen dolphins swim by, it always feels like the first time when you see them in the ocean. Guests can sometimes spot them from their balconies at our resort and of course, from the beach. Sometimes you can see them while you are enjoying Neptune Park.

Birding: Did you know that St. Simons Island has had a Snowy Owl sighting two years in a row? Of course a Snowy Owl sighting is rare almost anywhere but we also have lots of  beautiful birds to see. White Ibis, Egrets, Marsh Wren, Whimbrel, Sandpipers and sometimes even a Peregrine Falcon or a Bald Eagle can be spotted while visiting the island.

Bird Watching on St. Simons Island

Sea Turtles: Although it is uncommon to see Sea Turtles on our shores, they are quite abundant on many of Georgia’s islands. A good place to see them up close and personal and to learn about them, is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center which is just a short drive from the resort.

“Phantom” The Georgia Sea Turtle

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Earlier this year, The King and Prince adopted a sea turtle.  The Geogia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles.  It is a rehabilitation and research center.  The Adopt a Sea Turtle Progam “helps offset operating costs such as medication and food for in-house patients as well as supports research we are conducting to help sea turtles all over the world!”

The King and Prince adopted “Phantom.” Phantom is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle who stranded on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, on July 30, 2009. She/he was brought to the GSTC where it was very obvious what was wrong with her/him. Phantom had a severe head injury and was missing her/his left eye and half of her/his upper jaw. Phantom underwent surgery and was under care at the GSTC until June.  On June 17, 2011 Phantom was released!   You can read about Phantom’s journey and track his/her journey in the wild by visiting http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/. Click on “Join Us” at the top of the page, then select “successfully released patients” and Phantom’s web page.  The password is “opera”.

Here are pictures from Phantom’s release:

Sea Turtle Release Photo 1

Sea Turtle Release Photo 2

Sea Turtle Release Photo 3

Sea Turtle Release Photo 4

Sea Turtle Release Photo 5

Sea Turtle Release Photo 6

Sea Turtle Release Photo 7