A very huge THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by our booth at the NC Oyster Festival this weekend.   We loved meeting each and everyone of you.  Your questions about and interest in sea turtles is amazing.  Thank you for  your support and all of your questions.

Deb & Jim Boyce
Island Coordinators, OIBSTPO


A great weekend is in store for the North Carolina 2014 Oyster Festival.  The Festival is open from 9:00 a.m. til 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10.18.14 and 10:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10.19.14.       Stop by our booth, on the pavement up next to the Museum.  We will have plenty of information to share, be ready to answer any of your questions about sea turtles, and have T-shirts & bracelets available.

Sea Turtle Festival Day

Join the Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Programs today, July 9, at the OIB Community Center located at 44 East First Street.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Games, prizes, raffles, learn about sea turtles.

First Crawl of 2014 Season

Morning!!   Just waiting (not so patiently) for confirmation that we have our first nest of the 2014 season.  Our Riders, Sandy & Kay, reported 2 crawls this morning.  Our “Location Team” is doing their job of confirming whether False Crawls or Nests.   EXCITING….

Loggerhead Stranding – 5.30.14

Some of you may have heard about the loggerhead stranding off Lumberton public access. If not, here is the latest info.

We received a call from a beach visitor at 4:15PM that a rather large sea turtle was floundering in the surf at Lumberton access on the East end of the island. Deb B. called the complete list of volunteers who had signed up for stranding, including transport and necropsy. Deb dropped me off at the storage shed and I took the gator up to the site “ just in case it was large”. Upon arrival, Linda Stackhouse, Marcia Heady and Neal Wyckoff were already on site. The turtle was still in the surf and the tide was coming in. YES, the turtle was large…300lbs.

Upon examination, it was noted that both front flippers were gone and a very deep gash  in the  head that went from it’s nose to just behind the right eye. Somehow it was still alive. The visitors were just great in wanting to help if they can. Six large strapping guys lifted the turtle and, with the guidance of Linda and neal and Marcia, carefully placed it on the bed of the gator. The wounds appeared to be fresh and , more than likely were caused by a boat strike earlier in the day. With Neal riding shotgun in the back of the gator with the turtle, we took it to the storage shed for transfer to the van. Upon arrival, Neal took the hose and gently sprayed the turtle with fresh water to cool it down . As we were trying to come up with the best way to transfer the big guy to the van, two gentleman seem to appear out of nowhere and offered  to help. Transfer was then accomplished and Marcia, Deb and myself were on our way to Wilmington for pickup by  Sarah Finn for final transfer to Beaufort where the vet was available for examination. We met in the Walmart parking lot in Leland where we once again had to transfer from the van to the State vehicle. Marcia approached a couple guys talking next to their truck and convinced then to come over and help. Don’t know what she said to them ?????? but over they came and the final transfer was complete. A very special thanks go out to Linda and Neal  for cleaning up the gator while we were in transit. In situations like this, every effort or task is equally important and in this case, a special “WELL DONE”  to yesterdays rescue volunteers , visitors, and residents who assisted our efforts. YES, MOST PEOPLE DO CARE ABOUT DEFENCELESS AMIMALS.

The latest update is that Sarah stopped at the sea turtle hospital in Topsail and the turtle was given heavy doses of pain killers to help it relax , but when it arrived at Beaufort and the vet  looked at him, he had no choice but to put it down. Sad ending, but this is what the OIBSTPO is all about.

Deb and I would like to also thank the Town of Ocean Isle Beach for providing an environment and atmosphere that attract the type of caring visitors we worked with yesterday and residents who are always there to help whenever needed. Also, the OIB Maintenance Department who  always help when asked. THANK YOU

Sorry we missed the concert last night as we love to talk with the kids about sea turtles  but the above respond WAS our true priority.

Our best to all,

Deb & Jim

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West Brunswick High School – Science Olympiad 4.5.2014

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Presenting OIBSTPO to the public

Join the OIBSTPO “Road Crew” Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:30 til Noon at the West Brunswick High School Science Olympiad.   There will be great things to do, see and learn in the lobby.  Come out and support all of these amazing students.

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