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vlcsnap-2012-09-25-21h26m15s161The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will provide, through appropriate management activities and education, a safe and protected environment for all sea turtles that frequent the island of Ocean Isle Beach.


Striving for a suitable habitat for sea turtles, people, the ecosystem of Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding waters.

?The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization is an independent division of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc.

Jim and Deb Boyce, Island Coordinators are licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, and Assistant Island Coordinator Deb Allen work with a team of approximately 100 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, we 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.


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  1. Jackie Wright says:

    2016 we experienced a nest hatching. I was completely amazed and have every intention of being there for as many as I can for the rest of my life. I am hooked now.

  2. Alec Wessell says:

    Good Morning,

    My name is Alec Wessell and I work with the Coastal Drug on Main Street in Shallotte.

    My Company prints all the prescription bags for the pharmacy and we represent local businesses

    on these bags. We have been running this program for over a decade in the Brunswick County Area and it has proven to be a

    great technique for getting your name into the community! We would love for you guys

    to join us this year. 286.00 gets your AD on 24000 Prescription bags that are distributed over the

    next 12 Months at the Pharmacy. This is a ONE TIME Fee and you will be the EXCLUSIVE business of your kind to be represented for this term.

    Let me know if you would like to reserve a spot.

    My Mobile Number is 910.610.8712 or you can simply reply to this email. Our Graphics Department handles all the ad

    creation; delivering your logos, ideas and services to the Brunswick Community by Hand on a daily basis!!!

    Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

    Alec Wessell

    • dboyce says:

      Alec; so sorry for the very late response to your request; however, we would not be interested this year. Thank you so much for reaching out to us; maybe next time. Regards, Deb Boyce

  3. Penny Davis says:

    Our family will be arriving for a week at Sunset Beach this Saturday, May 20, 2017. We have children ages 3-14 with us. Is there anything going on with the turtles next week that would be of interest to these youngsters? I have read about the rehabilitation center in Surf City. How far is that from Sunset Beach?

    • dboyce says:

      The turtle hospital is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hrs. from Sunset Beach but well worth the trip. Nesting season is in full swing now so if you are walking the beach in the evening or overnight you may come across a nesting sea turtle. If you do, please stay back, quiet and turn off any flashlights so that you do not spook her. Enjoy your vacation.

  4. J anders says:

    Do you do “turtle walks” along the beach at night?

    Thank you

    • dboyce says:

      No. We do “turtle Talks” at the Community Center, 44 E. 1st St., OIB, on Tuesday nights at 7:00 or3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina each Monday. Once the nests begin into the “hatching stage”, anyone is welcome to visit those nests and watch and learn all about the process.

  5. Phillip says:


    My family and I will be visiting from July 8 through July 15. Wondering if the nesting season is over? And when the baby turtles will be hatching?

    • dboyce says:

      Phillip; Thank you for your email. We are right in the midst of nesting season, had our 11th nest laid this morning. There is a good possibility that you might see turtles hatching while you are visiting OIB. Our first nest is expected to be in the hatching window around July 4th. Keep an eye on our website – 2017 Nesting Season – and watch for any of the nests to be in the “Watching or Active” stage. Those will be the nests most likely to be hatching during your visit.
      Deb Boyce

  6. Cat Blom says:

    Hello! I am looking for more information. My family and I will be in the area on the 16th and the 17th of July. Are the general public allowed to watch/see baby turtles? if so, where and when?

    Thank you!

    • dboyce says:

      Yes, the public is always welcome at any of our nests during hatching/emerging. Please keep an eye on our website, 2017 Nests. Any nests that are in the “Watching or Active” stage would be where you might see activity.

      Thanks for your interest.
      Deb Boyce

  7. Amy Tipton says:

    What kind of turtles usually come to Ocean Isle? Green? Loggerhead? Leatherback? I was just curious. We are coming down in August and hoping to see some hatchings as this is on my bucket list. thank you!

    • dboyce says:

      Amy; Loggerhead…. You are choosing a great time to visit as there should be quite a bit of activity – just check our website, 2017 Nests. Any nest listed as “watching or active” would be the ones you would have the best chance of seeing hatchlings. While you are here, check out our turtle talk on Tuesday night @ 7:00 at the OIB Community Center, 44 East 1st. Street.

  8. Michelle Michael says:

    Our family is currently here visiting in Ocean Isle from July 15-22. Will we be able to view the turtles hatching season and if so where? Is there a charge? Are tickets limited? We have a large family but not sure if everyone would be able to go. Do you have age limits as well? Thank you for your time.

    • dboyce says:

      Michelle; Thank you for your questions. All nests are listed on our website and those listed as “Watching or Active” would be the ones you would want to check out. There is no charge or tickets needed and anyone is welcome. We also will be giving a Turtle Talk tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the OIB Community Center located at 44 E. 1st. Street. This is also free. We look forward to perhaps seeing you there.

  9. Kelly says:

    We are new to learning about turtles hatching. In 2014 we happened across a huge crowd on the beach and they were helping the little turtles get from the nest to the ocean. We are here this week. Any chance we’ll be lucky again? How to tell when the nests are at that stage? Is an announcement made on the FB page or website?

    • dboyce says:

      Hi Kelly; We currently have 3 nests in various stages of activity. #1 and #3 have had hatchlings out over the past few days and #2 is due anytime now. You can keep up with the nests by checking out our website: http://www.oibseaturtles.org and clicking on 2017 Nesting Season. Any nest that is listed as “”Watching or Active” would be the ones you would want to check out.

  10. Alissa Vello says:

    We will be vacationing the 2nd week of August and would love to have our girls see a hatching. Is there a better time to catch one happening? Does it happen over a few days? Thanks for any info.

    • dboyce says:

      Alissa, the best thing to do is keep checking our website: http://www.oibseaturtles.org and click on 2017 Nesting SEason. Any nest that shows “watching or active” would be the best nests to visit. You might also want to come to our Turtle Talk that is held on Tuesday nights 7:00 pm, at the Community Center (44 E. 1st St).

  11. Trista Hester says:

    How do we find out when & where the next hatching will be?

  12. Jaime Berghorst says:

    We will be coming to ocean isle beach on August 7, I’m assuming the beach is pretty big so how do we find these nests? Is there a map?

  13. Cindy Lewis says:

    I am planning a trip very soon. When is it too late to see the hatching?

  14. Sarah says:

    We were interested in nest 5 and if it had hatched. We were there the evenings of July 27,28,2017 and were told it could possibly hatch at any time. Would love to hear from you I saw on your web page the nest was closed but unsure what that means. Thank you

    • dboyce says:

      Sarah; Nest #5 was closed out on August 4. There were 100 hatchlings that made it safely to the water. Thank you for your support!!
      Regards, Deb Boyce

  15. Shelley says:

    Has nest #6 hatched yet? We last checked it on the evening of August 4th.

  16. Debbie says:

    I’m bringing my grandson next week…any nest that may be hatching?

  17. Kelly says:

    We are currently at oib. Are there turtles hatching or ready to hatch nearby?

  18. AC Stone says:

    Is there a date for the 2018 Sea Turtle Festival? We’re working on planning next summer’s beach trip and would love to come when we can attend the festival :).

  19. kim says:

    will there be any hatchings between 8/30-9/9? we would be happy to help!

  20. Michele says:

    We were at OIB 8/5/2017-8/12/2017 and were closely watching Nests 7 and 8. Can you tell me when they each hatched and how many hatchlings they contained?

    • dboyce says:

      Hi Michele;

      Nest 7 was closed on 8.17.17 with a total of 104 hatchlings to the water. Nest 8 was also closed on 8.17.17 with a total of 63 hatchlings to the water.

  21. Amy says:

    Hi! We are heading to OIB Saturday (9/23-30). We would love the opportunity to watch a nest hatch. Has Nest #22 hatched yet, or is it getting close? Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

  22. Dana Hardie says:

    My family had went to the turtle talk this summer and even named and adopted a few hatchlings. I was wondering how many hatchlings there were this season

  23. Hunter McQuade says:

    Can I Job Shadow under any of you guys? For my Graduation Project.

    • dboyce says:

      Hunter; Thank you for your interest and request to job shadow for your Graduation project. Unfortunately, the turtle season is over – all of our nests have closed out and we are not active during the fall and winter months, unless there is an emergency.

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