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  • Turtles are reptiles and records show their existence during the days of the dinosaurs 200 million years ago.
  • Loggerhead turtles nest in the Carolinas but other sea turtles feed in our waters. They are called Loggerheads because they have the largest head of all sea turtles. They can lay up to 7 nests in one season and usually nest every two years.
  • Nesting season begins on Brunswick County Beaches in early May thru August. Baby turtles begin hatching in late July and continue through October.
  • Overdevelopment of beaches limits nesting sites for all sea turtles.
  • Mortality rates for turtle eggs are high due to predation by ghost crabs, raccoons, & foxes. Some nests are laid to close to the tide line and if not relocated will be lost.
  • High mortality rates for hatchlings, juveniles and adult turtles are commonly due to predation by sharks, birds, fish, fishing gear(long line), ingestion of marine debris, boat strikes, trash on beaches and pollution.
  • Only one hatchling in a thousand make it to adulthood (15-25 yrs) They can live to be over 100 yrs old.
  • Loggerheads use their powerful jaw to crush their food. They most often eat clams, jelly fish, squid, crustaceans such as crabs and spiny lobsters. Most of the nesting takes place in the evening or early morning from May through August. Darkness serves as added protection for nests as well as the hatchlings. Once a nest is laid it takes 55 to 90 days for the hatchlings to emerge.
  • Hatchlings emerge from their nests and are drawn to light (moonlight and phosphorescence from the ocean). Street lights, house, motel/ hotel lights may cause them to become victims of ghost crabs, sea gulls and the heat of the sun(if they emerge in daylight). Hatchlings swim to the gulf stream and eat the sargassum sea weed which they also use for shelter from predators. They also eat baby shrimp and jellyfish. Hatchlings will return to the same beach where they were born to nest if they make it to adulthood. Remember only 1 out of 1,000 survive to adulthood.


The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center - A Sea Turtle Sanctuary Committed to the Care & Release of Sick and Injured Sea Turtles. Located in Topsail Island, NC.
North Carolina Sea Turtle Project - run by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Division of Wildlife Management, is committed to monitoring NC's sea turtle population.
SC Marine Turtle Conservation - Protecting sea turtles for future generations.
Seven Species of Marine Turtles - World Wildlife Federation
Defenders of Wildlife - Sea turtles are one of the Earth's most ancient creatures. The seven species that can be found today have been around for 120 million years, that's longer than the dinosaurs.
Sea Turtle Conservancy - Information About Sea Turtles, Their Habitats and Threats to Their Survival
NOAA Fisheries - Office of Protected Resources - "For most of the wild things on Earth, the future must depend upon the conscience of mankind." - Dr. Archie Carr, father of modern marine turtle biology and conservation
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database - Sea Turtles HERE for more information.
SeaTurtle.org - Organize the world's sea turtle information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research - Only through research can we hope to obtain the information necessary to counteract these threats and ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures.
One More Generation focuses on the conservation of animals, the conservation of the environment, and the importance of empowering and educating youth about conservation practices and efforts to ensure their involvement in the conservation movement. Sea Turtles: Man made threats on our oceans are pushing the last remaining species of sea turtles to the brink of extinction. Oil spills, plastic pollution and ocean acidification are just a few of the issues creating such distress. Carter and Olivia try to get involved with as many initiatives as possible to help protect sea turtles. Click HERE to check out more details on their sea turtle programs!
Amazing Sea Turtle Rescue - North Carolina's Sea Turtle Hospital - CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO - The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is located in Surf City, North Carolina. Since their opening in the mid-90s, the hospital has released over one thousand sea turtles back to the ocean.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings Excavation & Release - CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO - This nest of 95 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings needed a little help after recent storms caused the sand to crust and become too hard for the hatchlings to emerge naturally.
Sea Turtle Nesting Video - CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO - An educational video by SEE Turtles about the nesting process of sea turtles. Learn how female turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and how hatchlings make their way to the ocean.


Turtle Craft Projects for Kids - Tons of fabulous ideas for classroom and/or scouting projects for kids!
"Turtle Talks" Activity Book (PDF)
Sea Turtle for Kids - The Kidz Corner - lots of great activities for the entire family!
Ducksters Educational Site
Easy Science for Kids - Best Facts About Sea Turtles Video for Kids
One More Generation - Please help us ensure all endangered species survive at least One More Generation... and beyond.
Click HERE to view the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol Presentation (PPT Format).


Welcome to the Town of Sunset Beach, the smallest of the Brunswick Beaches, and what we like to think of as a coastal paradise. If you are a regular visitor, you already know about our beautiful beach and the natural resources we enjoy. YouÂ’re familiar with our family-friendly approach and the friendliness of our residents. And certainly, you've already noticed the biggest change in Sunset Beach's history -- our historic pontoon swing bridge now sits on land and the new Mannon C. Gore Bridge provides a safe and pleasant ride to our Island.
2018 Sunset Beach Summer Concert Series - HERE for more information and schedule.
Old Bridge Preservation Society - HERE for more information.
Visit Sunset Beach - HERE for more information.
Sunset Beach Market - HERE for more information.
The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. (OIMF) is a non-profit organization with two facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. It shall be the mission of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. to stimulate the general public's interest in and understanding of the natural science, environment, and cultural history of the coastal region of the Carolinas, as well as a broader understanding of our earth, our solar system, and our universe, by providing quality educational features for both the public and school students through activities and exhibits.
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