To report an adult sea turtle or hatchling on Ocean Isle Beach, please contact us immediately by calling our on call volunteer or the Ocean Isle Beach Police. Please only call these numbers for sea turtle emergencies.

Island Coordinator 704-607-2027


 The Ocean Isle Beach Police 910-579-4221

We would like to have as much information as possible: location of turtle on the beach and status of turtle (live, injured, dead). Do not attempt to touch or move the sea turtle as any injuries it may have could be aggravated.

Please do not shine flashlights or take flash photographs on or near a turtle or hatchling  These lights will frighten and can cause harm to the sea turtles eyes.

During summer months, the turtle may be a nesting female. Stay with the turtle, if possible, until someone from the OIB Sea Turtle Protection Organization arrives.


Nesting female loggerhead



Loggerhead hatchlings

 Thank you,

Deb and Fulton Allen
Island Coordinators

Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO)

P.O. Box 6524

Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

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14 Responses to CONTACT

  1. Kim McGirt says:

    My daughter is interested in the internship program this summer. She is a freshman in high school and has worked as a junior volunteer at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. I see the question about a sponsor; are you asking for a current volunteer to act as sponsor? We know several if needed.
    Kim McGirt

  2. DebA says:

    Hey Kim-
    Thank you for your interest in our intern program. Each intern is assigned a veteran volunteer as a sponsor. After the application deadline, I will do my best to match interns with a sponsor. If you know a veteran OIBSTPO volunteer who is interested in being a sponsor, I will reach ouy to them to verify availability. Applications can be found on our intern page and mailed to
    PO Box 6524
    Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

  3. DebA says:

    Hey Marsha- Nest sponsorships for 2019 are currently closed. However, we are working on a new sponsorship “Lights Out! Sea Turtles Dig the Dark” The will be a nest sponsor sign at each nest and a Light’s Out, Sea Turtles Dig the Dark sign. Like the nest sponsor sign, each Light’s Out sign will include the sponsor name. Proceeds from these signs will be designated to purchase sea turtle approved light fixtures, light bulbs and other products that will reduce artificial lights on OIB. As soon as we have finalized the new program, I will email interested sponsors. Please let me know if you’re interested.
    Deb Allen

  4. Pam Bassett says:

    Hi, I would like info m your Lights Out sponsorship also.

  5. DebA says:

    Thank you. Lights Out sponsorship is $100 with up to 2 Lights Out Sponsorships per nest. Since we will use funds raised to purchase light fixtures and bulbs, this sponsorship in non-refundable. Checks can be sent to OIBSTPO P.O. Box 6425 Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Deb Allen

  6. DebA says:

    Hey Marsha-
    Our Lights Out sponsorships are now available. Please let me know if you are interested and if so, I will add you to our list. For detailed information, please visit dedicated webpage at

    Thank you,
    Deb Allen

  7. Tommy Horner says:


    How can one get on the 2020 nest sponsorship list as a gift for my parents?

  8. DebA says:

    Nest Sponsorships open December 1, 2019 and are assigned on a first come basis. We currently have “Lights Out” sponsorships. Cost is $100 with funds ear marked for education, replacement and retrofitting lights that disorient sea turtle hatchlings.If you are interested in being a Lights Out sponsor, please let me know. A sign will be placed at a nest with the sponsors name or In Honor or Memory of a designated person. Lights Out sponsors do not include naming the nest and are nonrefundable. If you are interested in sponsoring a nest this year, you can mail a check to
    PO Box 6524
    Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

  9. Carrie Hout says:

    If I were that turtle I think I would have turned around and gone back out to sea.
    People need to know that while this is something magical to watch, people have to stay back. All the kids running around and all the noise has to disturb the turtle. You can see that she stopped in her tracks.

  10. DebA says:

    This turtle was on the beach for 2.5 hours, this video is 1 min 15 seconds of the nesting process. She did not stop in her tracks, she took her time to lay her eggs. The majority of that time she was slowly crawling, digging her nest and laying her eggs. Some turtles nest quickly others take hours. If she had been startled, in any way or at anytime, she would have abandoned the nesting process quickly. Our volunteers were on scene immediately following this video. From a safe distance, everyone on the beach learned about sea turtle safety and enjoyed watching her lay her eggs. We gained sea turtle advocates that night by positively educating everyone on the beach about these beautiful animals. Nothing is gained by publicly shaming people, especially children.

  11. Kay says:

    Hi. We’re planning our annual family beach trip at Ocean Isle this August, 2021. Id like to get the grandkids interested in the turtles. Will you have an information talk this year like I see mentioned on the OIB website?

    I see where you can make a $15 donation and receive a small turtle plush toy. Could I donate $90 and receive 6 toys for each of the small grandkids?


  12. DebA says:

    We are planning to host turtle talk this summer. As long as covid restrictions allow, we will have our free talk each Monday night. Please visit our website for to date details.
    Deb Allen

  13. Rod Grindle says:

    I would like to sponsor a nest again this year (2021) in memory of my wife Pat Grindle when will the time open up to do this again

  14. DebA says:

    Yes, you can sponsor a Lights Out nest. There will be a sign at sponsored nest in her memory. Please email us at or mail a check to
    PO Box 6524
    Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

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