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Some of our most requested residential electrical services include the following.

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Electrical Services for Spas and Pools

Looking to add value to your home? Installing a spa or pool is a wonderful idea to add to your list. Plus, your backyard barbecues will be much more fun. The process of installing a pool or spa isn't something you can handle on your own, though. You will need a team of experienced electricians in Ridgeville, SC to ensure your system is set up correctly. That way, you can enjoy your pool or spa for years to come, and it'll be in great working order when it's time to sell.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Pool or Spa Installation?

Installing a pool or spa is a very involved job that includes more than digging out space for a pool or spa. These units are very complex and have a whole host of electrical needs, from heating units and filters to color-changing lights that wow your guests. Having a professional install these parts is vital. Otherwise, you'll be swimming in a dirty, near-freezing pool or spa.

Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors guarantees your pool or spa will be in proper working order for years and years.

EV Charging Station Installation

Finding a reliable EV charging station when you're out and about is still a gamble in this day and age. While EV charger availability is improving, most EV owners prefer to have a charging station installed at home. But doing so is easier said than done and often requires the help of a professional electrician.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for EV Charging Station Installation?

If you're like most homeowners, you don't have the proper permit to install your own EV charging station. For that reason alone, you need to rely on a pro who has the right tools and electrical know-how to handle the job. Plus, EV chargers need much more voltage than standard electrical systems you may find in your home. That makes installing these devices much more dangerous than average appliances. Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors to install your charging station ensures it's completed quickly, correctly, and safely.

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Electricians Ridgeville, SC

Standby & Portable Generators

South Carolina's hurricane season is nothing to take lightly. Every year, homeowners in the Lowcountry prepare for high winds, heavy storms, and even evacuation. One of the best ways to protect your home and family in the event of a power outage is to purchase a standby or portable generator that can power your home when electricity is out.

At Sievert Electrical, we offer the equipment and electrical services needed to keep your lights on during emergency power outages. As an Authorized Generac dealer in South Carolina, our standby and portable generators can give you the power you need when it matters most. Contact our office today to discuss what type of Generac generator is best for your home or business.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Generator Installation?

It's always a safe choice to rely on professionals than yourself when electrical matters are involved. That's true for generator installation, too. At Sievert Electrical Contractors, our team uses OSHA and National Electrical Code standards when installing residential and commercial generators. We know how to properly install generators, maintain them, and recommend them depending on your needs.

Because we truly care about your property and your family, we always take great care to operate with safety and efficiency in mind. When we're done, you'll know without a doubt that you made the right choice hiring our electricians in Ridgeville, SC

Commercial Upfits

Here at Sievert Electrical Contractors, one of our many commercial services involves turning working vehicles into vehicles that work for you. Whether you're an electrician or occupy a different profession, our commercial upfit services will help make your workday easier and more productive, so you can be more profitable.

Our commercial upfits help experts with a wide range of issues, including:

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Organization: One of the most common complaints we hear from tradespeople and business owners is that their trucks or vans are an organizational mess. Our upfit services help you get organized, so you're not having to toss important tools into the back of your truck.

Efficiency: With our commercial upfits in place, you won't waste time trying to find all those items you had to toss in the back of your truck. Our upfits let you carry more gear, maximize your space, and ultimately be more productive.

Professionalism: When you travel to a client's home or business, you need to present a proper image of professionalism. You'll give the wrong impression if your work van is messy and disorganized.

Don't see the commercial electric service you need? Chances are we can still help. Give our office a call today and let us know about the challenges you're facing. In the meantime, here are some additional commercial services that we offer:

  • New Business Construction Wiring
  • Commercial Upfits
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Electrical Grounding
  • Circuit Testing
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commercial Lighting Installation
  • Rewiring and Remodels
  • Safety Inspections
Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations

Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations


Are you fed up with spending money on new fuses? Do your employees nag you about weird electrical glitches that interrupt their workflow? If so, it's time to call Sievert Electrical. Our team of commercial electricians will diagnose and remediate your electric panel problems quickly and effectively.

Installing or updating the panels in your industrial facility protects you, your co-workers, employees, and your building from electrical fire risks. Electrical panel installation from our electricians in Ridgeville, SC is important because it protects your other electrical systems, which prolongs the overall lifespan of your system. Safety is always our top priority at Sievert Electrical Contractors, which is why we believe the right way is the only way to install or upgrade your industrial-grade electrical panels.

Our industrial panel services include:

  • Rewiring
  • Updating
  • Replacing
  • Age of System
  • Bringing Systems Up to Code
Industrial Electric Repair

Industrial Electric Repair


When it comes to electrical repair services, serving industrial needs is often more comprehensive and complex than those in the residential space.

Industrial electricians must deal with more complex electrical systems. These advanced systems often need different equipment and tools when repairs to industrial-grade elements are required. Unlike residential repairs, in industrial settings, electrical systems are usually custom-made for the facility and include unique parts with higher voltages than in the typical home. And while no electrical issue is good, industrial failures have massive repercussions that can often shut enterprises down when their temperature control, machinery, and automated PLCs are affected.

For those reasons alone, you need the best electric pros to perform industrial-level electric repairs. Fortunately, Sievert Electrical Contractors is here to help. Our industrial electricians have the experience and expertise to tackle the most complicated industrial electric repairs, whether you own a warehouse, medical center, or another type of industrial facility.

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The Tri-County Area's Most Trusted Electricians in Ridgeville, SC

Don't leave your home or business in the hands of unqualified handymen or unlicensed contractors. With decades of combined experience, Sievert Electrical Contractors specializes in a wide variety of custom electrical services. We go the extra mile to exceed expectations, because that's how we would want our families treated. Call us today to discover the Sievert Electrical difference.

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Pushing The Envelope Of What Industrial Parks Can Be

According to Merriam-Webster, an industrial park is “an area of a town or city that is designed especially for factories or offices.” Many industrial parks are just that and nothing more. But a select number of industrial parks nationwide are now pushing the boundaries of what such a development has been or could be. Two top examples are Camp Hall near Charleston, S.C. and MidAmerica Industrial Park near Tulsa, Okla.Camp Hall, located in Ridgeville, S.C., northwest of Charleston, has carved out its distinctive standing thr...

According to Merriam-Webster, an industrial park is “an area of a town or city that is designed especially for factories or offices.” Many industrial parks are just that and nothing more. But a select number of industrial parks nationwide are now pushing the boundaries of what such a development has been or could be. Two top examples are Camp Hall near Charleston, S.C. and MidAmerica Industrial Park near Tulsa, Okla.

Camp Hall, located in Ridgeville, S.C., northwest of Charleston, has carved out its distinctive standing through its commitment to the environment and the protection of wildlife. Almost 40 percent (2,600) of the industrial park’s 6,800 acres has been set aside as preserved acreage.

Efforts to maintain a natural coastal South Carolina habitat have included restoring wildlife habitats for native species, as well as establishing a ‘pollinator pathway” traversed by birds, bees and butterflies. A wetlands restoration project is underway, with the goal of restoring approximately 480 acres of wetlands.

Among the corporate tenants of the master-planned park is Volvo, which chose Camp Hall as the site of its first-ever U.S. manufacturing plant.

Volvo employees and others who work in the park benefit from a people-focused workforce design, which among other perks gives them access to a more than 15-mile trail system through the park. Another amenity is Avian Commons, a Wi-Fi connected collection of small businesses that includes a convenience store, dry cleaner, bank, fitness center and fuel center. It will eventually incorporate an event lawn and playfield for gatherings and celebrations.

“Camp Hall is unique in that it puts just as much emphasis on the area’s natural beauty and nature as it does on infrastructure and amenities,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance Director of Global Business Megan Anderson. “Prospective companies have been blown away at the quality of place they could potentially offer their future employees.”

Building workforce

In Pryor, Okla., 45 miles east of Tulsa, MidAmerica Industrial Park (MAIP) stands out for its evolution into what its chief executive officer calls “a multifaceted employment center.” Operating for almost six decades, MAIP encompasses 9,000 acres, is the largest industrial park in the Sooner State and one of the biggest in the U.S.

It’s not only home to 80 companies that include Google, Chevron, Siemens and other Fortune 500 firms, but also offers health care services and is now building housing within the park. A robust workforce development component trains future workers. MAIP has forged strategic alliances with on-site educational partners delivering relevant programs and services the park’s employers require.

As well, MAIP has unveiled a new MidAmerica Career Center, a kind of one-stop shop for career guidance. It also links employers to crucial job resources accessed from state, tribal and corporate agencies.

Staying invested

“In today’s economic development market, the evolution of an industrial park into a multi-faceted employment center is a cornerstone to inclusive growth in jobs and people,” said David Stewart, MAIP’s CEO. “We continue to evolve, not only to remain relevant, but also to surpass the competition and meet the ever-changing demands of industry . . . Without the generations of hard work behind us, we would not have the experience necessary to compete as a top-tier site location for mega employers.”

MidAmerica Industrial Park has reaped enormous success in luring international companies like DuPont, Canoo and others.

Noted Arthur Jackson, senior vice president of economic development at the Tulsa Regional Chamber: “Not only does its size and central location make it an ideal place for businesses, but MidAmerica continues to invest in infrastructure and workforce development, positioning the park for future growth.”

Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics Establishing Operations in Dorchester County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics, a specialist in modern cold storage solutions, today announced plans to establish operations in Dorchester County. The more than $70 million investment will create 69 new jobs.Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is a third-party cold chain services provider that focuses on handling, storage, distribution and value-added services for the food industry. The company works to bridge supply ga...

COLUMBIA, S.C. Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics, a specialist in modern cold storage solutions, today announced plans to establish operations in Dorchester County. The more than $70 million investment will create 69 new jobs.

Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is a third-party cold chain services provider that focuses on handling, storage, distribution and value-added services for the food industry. The company works to bridge supply gaps within the cold chain industry through modern cold storage warehouse development and services.

Located at Ridgeville Industrial Campus, Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ new operation will support high-volume throughput handling services including a variety of value-added services, full pallet handling, case picking and transportation management. The company will utilize the Port of Charleston to support both import and export trade.

The facility is expected to be operational by early 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also approved a $250,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with the costs of building improvements.

QUOTES

“We are extremely excited about this project and want to express our sincere thanks to the South Carolina Ports Authority, Dorchester County, our Saxum Real Estate partners, the Governor and the Department of Commerce in the great state of South Carolina for their support. We are very bullish on the Charleston market — the advantages of the Port of Charleston as a Southeast gateway out of and into the U.S. — and on our ability to provide the specialized and unique handling and storage services that will be required for retailers, frozen and refrigerated food manufacturers, and fruit and produce importers to grow their market share in the region. Most importantly, we are proud to bring new jobs to Dorchester County and the surrounding communities.”-Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics Chief Executive Officer Chris Hughes

“The demand for efficient food distribution across the United States will only continue to grow, and it’s innovative companies like Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics that are answering the call and addressing supply gaps. We are proud to welcome this company to Dorchester County, and look forward to the positive impact they will make in South Carolina and on the U.S. food supply chain.”-Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are excited to welcome Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics to Dorchester County and celebrate the 69 new jobs that the company will create. South Carolina’s talented workforce, ideal East Coast location and efficient infrastructure network make our state the perfect location for Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ new operations.”-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“South Carolina Ports is thrilled to support Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ impressive new cold storage facility at SC Ports’ Ridgeville Industrial Campus. Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ investment will bring substantial new cold storage capacity to the Charleston market. SC Ports has expanded on-terminal refrigerated cargo capacity and capabilities to efficiently handle fresh, refrigerated and frozen imports and exports. The booming Southeast market and growing population requires more cold storage capacity, and Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ new operation will further support retailers’ and grocers’ supply chains.” -SC Ports President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Melvin

“We welcome Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics to Dorchester County. We are excited to offer advanced world-class port logistics and a healthy business-minded environment to support their growth and ensure that their investment here will be successful.”-Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn

FIVE FAST FACTS

· Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is establishing operations in Dorchester County.

· More than $70 million investment will create 69 new jobs.

· Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is a specialist in modern cold storage solutions.

· Located at Ridgeville Industrial Campus in Ridgeville, S.C.

· Individuals interested in joining the Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics team should visit the company’s careers page.

Relocation of Dorchester Heritage Center to Ridgeville slowly begins

RIDGEVILLE — The relocation of the Dorchester Heritage Center is slowly beginning, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the REV Pavilion.The Leadership Dorchester class, hosted by the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, helped by raising $60,000 to build the first structure of the new center: the REV Pavilion, which opened to the public Oct. 22. It was named for the REV Federal Credit Union, one of the sponsors for the project.The leadership class requires each year’s participants to do a p...

RIDGEVILLE — The relocation of the Dorchester Heritage Center is slowly beginning, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the REV Pavilion.

The Leadership Dorchester class, hosted by the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, helped by raising $60,000 to build the first structure of the new center: the REV Pavilion, which opened to the public Oct. 22. It was named for the REV Federal Credit Union, one of the sponsors for the project.

The leadership class requires each year’s participants to do a project that leaves a lasting impact on the county, said class member Rebecca Collett of Collett Media.

Collett said the class of 24 unanimously decided to help with the relocation and construction of the pavilion.

Justin Lee, a member of the class and executive director of operations at Gilbert & Lee Construction, said part of the reason the class chose the project was to feature nonprofits.

“We wanted to bridge the gap between western Dorchester County and the Greater Summerville area,” Lee said.

The leadership class had $7,000 left over from what it raised for the pavilion. It gave to the Heritage Center, which will honor the people in Dorchester County and help with historic grave preservation, Collett said.

“The center being located somewhat in the center of the county, I think it will gain lots of foot traffic since it’s in a very convenient place for everyone,” Lee said.

Lee anticipates breaking ground around March, and hopes to finish construction in the summer of 2024.

The Dorchester Heritage Center is a nonprofit that opened in 2014. Currently in the Dorchester County Courthouse in St. George, the center started small with just an archives genealogical library but grew to open a 4,000-square-foot museum in 2017.

Within 5½ weeks of the museum opening, over 3,000 people had visited. The center’s goal is to preserve the county’s history, said Phyllis Hughes, chairman of the Dorchester Heritage Center.

Over time, people began bringing in artifacts and all sorts of pictures, papers and rare books. After obtaining over 500,000 historical items, Hughes said they’ve outgrown the space, which led to a search for a new location.

They found and purchased an 81-acre site in Ridgeville, which is more convenient to the county as a whole and includes lots of space for new additions.

The new site will include a 20,000-square-foot center with indoor and outdoor event space, state-of-the-art archives, multipurpose conference rooms, a genealogy library, a museum and a green room, which will be used as a recording studio so “anyone can come in, sit down and tell their story.”

Outside of the heritage center, Hughes said there are other plans for the property. There will be walking trails, owl posts and birdhouses. The Boy Scouts will be involved with the wildlife aspect, with the opportunity to possibly monitor birdhouses on a monthly basis and earn merit badges, Hughes said.

“We want to become kind of a gateway to the county where people can come in and we can direct them to all the historic sites in our county,” Hughes said.

While waiting for the new facility to be built, the Dorchester Heritage Center will host classes throughout the county. On Nov. 17 at the community center in Ridgeville, it will kick off a new lecture series about the first Carolinians and will include the chiefs of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso and Wassamasaw Native American tribes as guest speakers.

Level-4-Ready 2024 Electric SUV: A Technology Tour de Force

Volvo’s forthcoming EX90, which will be positioned above its flagship gasoline-powered XC90, will employ what’s claimed to be the first rooftop-mounted LiDAR unit on an international-market passenger vehicle.What you'll learn:According to Volvo, its forthcoming EX90 will be a visionary all-electric SUV positioned above its flagship gasoline-powered XC90. The vehicle will incorporate all of the hardware required for ...

Volvo’s forthcoming EX90, which will be positioned above its flagship gasoline-powered XC90, will employ what’s claimed to be the first rooftop-mounted LiDAR unit on an international-market passenger vehicle.

What you'll learn:

According to Volvo, its forthcoming EX90 will be a visionary all-electric SUV positioned above its flagship gasoline-powered XC90. The vehicle will incorporate all of the hardware required for fully unsupervised (SAE Level 4) driving in the future.

The most obvious and striking ingredient making autonomous operation possible in the 2024 model is a built-in LiDAR system that continuously scans the environment in front of the car, enabling an accurate estimate of the shape and size of objects in three dimensions. The EX90 will employ what’s claimed to be the first rooftop-mounted LiDAR unit on an international-market passenger vehicle.

The LiDAR, developed by Florida-based Luminar and known as “Iris,” uses a scanning mode with larger scanning mirrors than the more typical MEMS mirrors. Iris’s light source is a 1550-nm fiber laser. The longer wavelength (905 nm is more typical) is said to be harmless to the human eye.

Luminar’s Iris LiDAR will be integrated into the front roofline to optimize for safety and performance, with form following function. The teardrop-shaped housing enables airflow to pass over and creates as little turbulence as possible. Water nozzles at the end of the EX90’s windshield wipers clean the LiDAR’s protective screen.

Iris uses pulsed, time-of-flight (ToF) target illumination that Luminar engineers say delivers a very fast measurement rate without speed-dependent range error. It scans a vehicle’s surroundings in real-time, firing laser pulses to create a virtual 3D map, with no need for GPS or a cellular connection. The LiDAR itself has a 120-degree field of view (FoV) and a 26-degree dynamic vertical FoV.

The LiDAR’s receiver incorporates indium-gallium-arsenide (InGaAs) microchip technology rather than silicon. Resolution is claimed to be greater than 300 points per square degree.

There are other things about LiDAR that enhance advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) systems. Cameras can have difficulty with darkness, poor weather, or blinding light. Conversely, Luminar’s Iris can detect and classify objects to a maximum range of 600 meters (1969 ft.), even at night. It’s able to detect a pedestrian or animal scurrying across the road at up to 250 m (820 ft.) and can spot any other type of object in the road at up to 120 m (394 ft.).

Luminar CEO Austin Russell noted that from the start Luminar’s strategy has been to enable advanced safety and unlocking autonomy in driving for companies with production vehicle programs. This stands in stark contrast to most autonomous-vehicle companies and programs that are building small fleets of self-driving robo-taxi prototypes with the goal of replacing ride-hailing drivers, rather than focusing on technology for safety, ADAS, and highway autonomy on production vehicles. The answer, he says, is “by enhancing the driver, not replacing the driver, which has always been our objective.”

Defying predictions that LiDAR would remain too expensive, bulky, or complicated for production vehicles, the Iris’s 2-axis scanner spins only the laser rather than spinning the whole LiDAR device.

The remainder of the technology package scheduled for the 2024 SUV includes an exterior sensor set that in many ways is more evolutionary than revolutionary: The EX90 will be outfitted with eight cameras, five radars, and ultrasonic sensors.

The finalized version of the EX90’s hardware and software will support other ADAS elements that dovetail with SAE Level 2 functions such as automated emergency braking, pedestrian/cyclist detection, and adaptive cruise controls. The new sensors will improve the reliability and performance of Volvo’s assisted-driving Pilot Assist system, including new steering support during lane changes.

In its press statement, Volvo said, “Our sensors don’t get tired or distracted. They are designed to respond and react when you’re just a millisecond too late. Our LiDAR senses the road in front of you, whether it’s day or night, also at highway speeds. It can see small objects hundreds of meters ahead, creating more time to inform, act, and avoid.”

As its cars hit the roads and Volvo learns from the data generated, company research indicates that the software and sensors can help reduce accidents that result in serious injury or death by up to 20%.

A camera in the EX90’s interior handles driver monitoring. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) that can detect not only driver inattention, but also driver intoxication or medical impairment. Powered by Volvo’s own in-house developed algorithms, the system can gauge eye gaze concentration. This enables the Volvo EX90 to understand when you’re distracted, inattentive, or drowsy, and when the car might need to step in for support.

If the car detects any sign of the driver being unresponsive, it can brake the car to a standstill within the lane. The camera works in conjunction with a cabin-focused onboard radar capable of detecting the breathing of occupants, from a strapped-in infant to a slumbering pet, to ensure nobody is accidentally left behind.

The EX90’s neural network for AI application requires powerful computational ability. A core system—powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI platforms Xavier and Orin, Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies, and in-house-developed software by Volvo engineers—runs most of the core functions inside the car, from safety and infotainment to battery management.

NVIDIA-based core computing will use machine learning and collect data to help Volvo understand and refine operating behavior. With the new hardware implementation, the data collected by Volvos will go into driving simulations to improve performance in real-world scenarios, with improvements delivered via over-the-air (OTA) updates.

If your taste in driving excitement runs more toward Porsche racing than Tesla environmental responsibility, fear not. Acceleration should be brisk even though the EX90 will likely tip the scales at a higher curb weight than its gasoline-powered cousin, the XC90.

The initially available twin-motor all-wheel drive version will be powered by a 111-kWh battery and two permanent-magnet electric motors, together delivering 370 kW (496 hp) and 671 ft.-lb. of torque in its performance version. Volvo says the Twin Motor model should be capable of hitting 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the Twin Motor Performance version will be able to reach 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

The large battery pack also promises to recalibrate your expectations with a driving range of about 300 miles on a single charge, according to the WLTP test cycle, and the ability to be recharged via a dc fast-charging connection. Range, of course, depends on various factors like driving style, road topography, temperature, wind, and other factors such as how much electricity is used for heating and cooling of the car.

The EX90 is the first electric vehicle to use the new SPA2 (Volvo Scalable Product Architecture platform 2). The coming years will see Sweden’s Volvo, owned by Geely Holdings of China, integrating the roof-mounted sensor on other models built on its SPA2 platform, including the South Carolina-built Polestar 3 from Volvo’s new EV division.

Starting with the EX90, Volvo says it will reveal one new fully electric car each year. By 2030, according to CEO Jim Rowan, “We aim to sell only fully electric cars, one of the most ambitious electrification blueprints in the automotive industry and crucial to our ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.”

The EX90 will go into production in 2023 for deliveries in 2024. The EVs will be assembled at the Volvo plant in Chengdu, China. All Americas-bound Volvo EX90 models are expected to be built at the company’s plant in Charleston (Ridgeville), South Carolina.

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Palmetto Fossil Excursions team uncovers rare walrus skull with tusks in Ridgeville

RIDGEVILLE — Lowcountry paleontologist Skye Basak credits recent torrential rains for her team’s discovery of a tusked walrus skull dating back roughly 2 million years.Basak and her staff at Palmetto Fossil Excursions found the basketball-sized skull buried about 25 feet below the surface in a part of Ridgeville that scientists believe to be an ancient barrier island. It will be donated to the College of Charleston’s Mace Brown...

RIDGEVILLE — Lowcountry paleontologist Skye Basak credits recent torrential rains for her team’s discovery of a tusked walrus skull dating back roughly 2 million years.

Basak and her staff at Palmetto Fossil Excursions found the basketball-sized skull buried about 25 feet below the surface in a part of Ridgeville that scientists believe to be an ancient barrier island. It will be donated to the College of Charleston’s Mace Brown Museum of Natural History.

Basak has uncovered several other fossils in the same area over time, but this one was special. When the team found it, Basak said she was “completely out of this world excited,” jumping with joy and “freaking out.”

“Of all the things that we could have possibly unearthed on this recovery mission this was by far the most sought-after speciman,” said Basak, co-owner of Palmetto Fossil Excursions, a charter paleontology service. “For me, it was the goal.”

Recent rainfall caused part of the skull and both of the tusks to separate. But all of the pieces were recovered and will be reconstructed.

It is rare to find complete walrus skulls with both tusks, and that’s one reason this particular fossil is special. It belongs to the extinct type Ontocetus.

There are about three or four partial-to-complete Ontocetus skulls known in the world, according to College of Charleston research associate and adjunct instructor Robert Boessenecker. He said there are 2½ skulls from the Netherlands and Belgium and a nice one from Japan.

The local skull is likely the only one in the United States of this genus, which ranged as far south as Florida and Morocco and northward to the Netherlands back in ancient times.

Researchers will likely conduct further research on the skull once it is turned over to the museum.

“Because it’s one of only a few skulls of this genus known worldwide, it might be a new species because it’s much younger, geologically speaking, than all the other specimens,” Boessenecker said.

South Carolina may not seem like the ideal environment for walruses. But the animals have only been glacial for 100,000 or 200,000 years, according to Boessenecker.

“We know it had a climatic tolerance, kind of like a modern monk seal, living in subtropical through at least temperate waters and possibly cold-temperate,” Boessenecker said.

The animal’s characteristics resembled sea lions but with curved tusks. Modern walrus tusks are straight.

Basak and the others from the excursion group have found several other fossils in the state belonging to extinct species. Earlier this year they uncovered a giant prehistoric whale flipper about 200 feet away from where the walrus skull was found.

“So many people that live here don’t even realize what’s beneath their feet,” Basak said. “It’s kind of a goal for me to revolutionize that, to bring it to the forefront for the people of South Carolina.”

Her company has donated several scientifically critical specimens to the Mace Brown Museum, including the whale flipper. Once the walrus skull is donated, Boessenecker said it will be catalogued and put on display.

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