Sea Turtle Program


May 1st thru October 31st is Sea Turtle Nesting & Hatching Season in Emerald Isle

Read General Sea Turtle Nesting Information as provided by Turtle Protection Program Coordinators Emilie Zucker and Dale Baquer.

All updates provided courtesy of Turtle Protection Program Coordinators

Emilie Zucker

Dale Baquer

  Turtle Tracks with Nest


False Crawls   

Sea Turtle Right Side

Please help by observing the following:

  • FILL IN ALL HOLES that your children dig (mother turtles can get stuck AND people walking at night can be seriously injured)
  • REMOVE tents, toys and beach gear overnight!
  • KEEP OUTSIDE LIGHTS OFF at night (they disturb nesting mother turtles and distract hatching baby turtles toward the light but away from the ocean which is where they need to go)
  • PICK UP TRASH especially plastic bags (turtles think they are jellyfish which is their main food source and eat them and get sick)
  • FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL in North Carolina (the noise keeps mother turtles from coming on shore to nest and disturbs baby turtles during hatching)
  • CALL THE POLICE at 252-354-2021 if you see a nesting or hatching turtle or anyone disturbing a marked turtle nest area
  • No flashlights or flash photography...If you see a nesting or hatching sea turtle please STAY QUIET, sit down and enjoy the show !!