1 in 100 hatchling sea turtles leaving Hilton Head Beach will survive 3 days.  It is critical to get as many hatchlings into the surf as possible so that the lucky one can get past the predators.  Sea Turtle Patrol HHI aims to prevent the misorientation of hatchlings by educating residents and visitors about the consequences of artificial light visible from the beach.  Hatchlings use vision to find the open horizon over the ocean where the moon reflects on the water.  Naturally, this would be the brightest light.  Thousands of hatchlings will not reach the water each season due to lights visible from the beach that are left on after 10pm.

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