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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10 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. Tommy Horner says:


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

    • 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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

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