The sea turtle population is one of the unique parts of the Carolina Coast. Each year, volunteers patrol the beach for nests, watch out for their well being, and ensure that the hatchlings make it safely to sea. The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization dedicates its time to educating the general population as well as numerous volunteers about the lives of turtles and their safety on our beaches.
The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization is an independent division of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. operated by Jim and Deb Boyce. Jim and Deb, the Ocean Isle Beach Island Coordinators, are licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, and Assistant Island Coordinator Deb Allen work with a team of approximately 50 volunteer Field Scientists in a year-round effort to protect sea turtles. Volunteers are trained to be Field Scientists and are especially active between May and late September when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs.
In addition to identifying and marking nests on Ocean Isle Beach, they also protect hatchlings from predators, transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island, and educate the public about these amazing creatures. They give turtle talks at the community center twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays May 26th through August 1st.
Tuesday Turtle Talks begins at 7:00 PM at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center located at 44 E 1st on Ocean Isle. Please join for this free Turtle Talk each week.
The Monday Turtle Talks begin at 3:30 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. The Turtle Talks are free with regular admission to the Museum. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach. For more information visit www.oibseaturtles.org