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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6 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

    • 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

  2. Marsha Kelly says:


    When did the window to adopt a turtle open for 2019 ? I adopted nest in the past and was interested in doing it again.

    Marsha Kelly

    • 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

      • Pam Bassett says:

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

        • 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

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