Sunset Beach Turtle Watch

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  • The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers that walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when the hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.

    The informational programs – named “Turtle Time” – are free at 7 pm on Sunday evenings beginning in June and running during the nesting months at the Sunset Properties Parking lot – weather permitting. There is also a program on Wednesday at noon at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach and a sea turtle exhibit at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle, N.C. Educational programs are available on request.

    Educating the general public about sea turtles with Sunset Beach Turtle Watch volunteers. Come see our Informative & Fun Turtle Talks Sunday nights 7pm at Sunset Properties, and Wednesdays 12pm at Ingram Planetarium. Call ahead please 910-579-5862.

    Report turtle tracks, nest hatchings, sea turtle activity, injuries or strandings to: 
    Sunset Beach Turtle Watch – 910-579-5862
    or Sunset Beach Police Department – 910-579-2151

    Harassment of sea turtles, an endangered or threatened species, or their nests, is a violation of State and Federal laws, punishable by a fine up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment.

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