“Today’s Children are Wildlife’s Future for Tomorrow”


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 50 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. Ginger says:

    I am trying to find if there is a program to watch the turtles lay eggs and also watch the turtles hatch. We are frequently in OIB during the summer. Thank you.

  2. Nancy says:

    Just spoke w you re grandchildren activity tomorrow………you mentioned a video and I do not see it on your site……….please send the link if you have time…….thank you for all you do,

    • dboyce says:

      The video I mentioned is actually on our FaceBook page, sorry. You can view it there. FB page is: Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization.
      THank you for your kind words.
      Deb Boyce

  3. Chris Moree says:

    I will be in the area in July for vacation, and was wondering what time of year the turtles hatch? Wasn’t sure if I will be there at the right time of year to see any turtles on the beach. Please advise if this will be possible. I know my son would love to see it.

    Thank you

    • dboyce says:

      It is quite possible that some of our nests will be hatching toward mid to late July. Please take in our “Turtle Talk” Tuesday’s @ 7:00 pm at the OIB Community Center, 44 E. 1st Street. It is free and you will gain a lot of knowledge about sea turtles and what we do. If there are any hatching possibilities, we will direct folks to the nest site.

  4. Joy says:

    How can we come watch for turtle hatching or egg laying?

    • dboyce says:

      Whenever you visit Ocean Isle Beach, you are always welcome to any nests that might be active during your visit. You can keep a check on our website or contact the Museum of Coastal Carolina (910.579.1016). We are now in nesting season and it is quite by luck if you should happen upon a turtle nesting on the beach. We do not conduct turtle watches for nesting sea turtles.

  5. Lisa Schuyler says:

    my family is moving to bolivia nc and i have a 13 year old that needs to make new friends and get involved in things, is there any classes or camps she can go to ?

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  7. Brent Hull says:

    Nest six boiled between 12 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Sadly I missed it. But, there was one straggler who followed my light to the water. He washed up once about a minute later…then back he went in the water to stay. I will send video. I wish my new friends Betsy and Deb had been there to see it. ..we were. Night off. Thank you all for all of your efforts! It is working.

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  9. Debbie Massey says:

    I was at Ocean Isle beach from July 25-Aug 1 and was lucky enough to watch many of the hatchlings make their way to the ocean. It was awesome! Can you tell me what specie we saw. Are all the Ocean Isle sea turtles the same specie? Thank you.

  10. Gail Korzenborn says:

    Even though there were a few obstacles, we congratulate the crew working the nest Sunday night August 30,2015. Thank you for involving us in the boil of 129 new hatchlings!! Gail & Jana from Ohio

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