To report an adult sea turtle or hatchling on Ocean Isle Beach please contact us immediately by dialing:

910-231-8539-Jim or 910-231-3139 Deb


 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

You may contact us with any questions, requests, etc. at

Loggerhead hatchlings

 Thank you,

Deb and Jim Boyce
Island Coordinators


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19 Responses to CONTACT

  1. Deb and Jim, It was great meeting you and we are so excited about starting our relationship with this wonderful organization.We would love to adopt a sea turtle nest. Let us know if you still have availability and we will send a check.Thanksso much

    Mona & Randy

  2. Jenny Thompson says:

    Hi. my name is Jenny Thompson & my family and I will be arriving in Ocean Isle the week of Memorial Day & staying thru June 2nd. We were interested in coming to the Sea Turtle Festival. Do you have any information or brochures you could send that would have the dates, time & cost.Any Information would be greatly appreciated. We would enjoy stopping by as a visitor & would love to be part of the hatching of the sea turtle experience .

    • dboyce says:

      Jenny; Thank you for your interest in sea turtles and our program. However, our Sea Turtle Festival is not until July 12 and we have not had any nests laid as of this morning. With this in mind, we probably won’t have any nests ready for hatching until probably mid-July. You can keep up to date with all nesting activity by watching our website – 2017 nesting season. You are welcome to attend our Turtle Talks at the OIB Community Center on Tuesday night while you are here. We will have all types of literature handouts, shirts and other items available. Regards, Deb

  3. Jackie Wright says:

    I will be at OIB July 29-Aug 5. I wish to volunteer for any time slots or places that need attention. I sincerely will help in any way.

    • dboyce says:

      Jackie; Thank you for your interest. We have all of our summer intern slots filled right now but you are more than welcome to visit any active nest sight and listen and learn about what we do, as well as visit us at our turtle talks at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Monday afternoons @ 3 and the OIB Community Center at 44 E. 1st st. on Tuesday evenings at 7.

  4. Tammy Ann Smith Young says:


    My name is Tammy Young and my daughter and I are here at OIB for the months of June and July. Other weeks we are in and out. We would like to volunteer for the months we are here as well as sporadically the other months. Can you please let us know what we would need to do?

    • dboyce says:

      Hi Tammy. Thank you for your interest in sea turtles and our program. We use our 1st nest of the season as a “training nest” and you are welcome to attend that. I will send your info to our Nest Parent Coordinator and he will contact you closer to that time. You are also welcome to attend any of our Turtle Talks to listen and learn from those. Tuesday evenings at 7:00 at the OIB Community Center, 44 E. 1st St. Deb B.

  5. Tricia says:

    We will be in OIB next week and plan to attend Turtle Talk. Are the adoption hatchlings still available? I would love to purchase these for my daughters. These would make great Birthday and or future Christmas gifts for my nieces. Let me know if any are still available for sale. Thank you. Looking forward to attending turtle talks with my family the last week in June. Thank you for all your time and efforts volunteering to save our sea turtles.

    • dboyce says:

      Tricia; Just saw your email – sorry for the delay in response. Yes, we still do Hatchling Adoptions at our Turtle Talks on Tuesday evenings @ 7:00 in the Community Center, 44 E. 1st. St. Look forward to meeting you during your visit. Regards, Deb Boyce

  6. Jen says:

    Deb and Jim,
    My daughter and I live in Wilmington but would like to volunteer with you. Please let us know when we can patrol, sit on a nest, or help relocate. We are ready to help, Jayden and Jen

    • dboyce says:

      We would love to have your help but Wilmington is quite a ways from OIB. You might want to contact a Sea Turtle program closer to you. I would suggest Wrightsville Beach or somewhere in that area. Regards, Deb Boyce

  7. Bev Kirkland says:

    We enjoyed our first visit to Ocean Isle with 2 of our little grand daughters. Could you please add their adopted turtle names to our the list: #71 Sandy adopted by Maggie and #72 Swimmy adopted by Charlotte. They’ll be thrilled to know their small contribution is making a difference.

  8. Yvonne Elmore says:

    Hi! I was at a concert in the parking lot of the Museum. I adopted a turtle egg (#73, named “Scooter”) and you gave me instructions on how to keep up with its progress, but I have since forgotten. Could you direct me to the right link? Thank you for what you do, you all are doing a great job!

  9. Tom Moureau says:

    Can you tell me when Nest #17 was laid? We own property very nearby and hope to get there in time to see the hatching (guess about 54 days later?). We’ve seen them before and they are something wonderful to see.

    • dboyce says:

      Our best guess for possible hatching would be sometime around Labor Day weekend. You are right – we never get tired of seeing babies making their way to the ocean.

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