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Sea Turtle Talk Time

Sea turtles spend most of their time in the water, and their days are filled with feeding and resting. Turtle nesting season, which takes place between mid-May and mid-August, brings more activity. During this time, mama turtles will come onto the beach to dig a nest and lay her eggs.

Female sea turtles lay two to seven nests in a season, though the average is three nests per turtle. Each nest has about 120 eggs. After her active nesting season, the mama turtle then takes two to three years off to recharge her reproductive system, depending on the quality and quantity of her food sources.

Once the eggs are laid in the nest, the female never comes back to that nest. She will return to the beach about 12-13 days later to lay another nest, but in typical reptilian behavior, in a different location.

Want to learn more about sea turtles? Below are upcoming events about Turtle Talk!


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Our Children’s Turtle Time and Turtle Talk programs start this Wednesday! Join us that the Holden Beach Chapel. Children’s program is at 4 p.m. for youth 3-6. Crafts, stories and age-appropriate activities. Turtle Talk at 7 p.m. for the whole family. Come learn about the sea turtles that nest on our beach. Both programs free of charge. This year’s HBTP shirts will be on sale at both events.
WHEN: Wednesdays 4-4:45 PM • June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3
WHERE: Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St.
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Please join us for an educational program about sea turtles nesting on OIB. This family friendly event is returning to the OIB Community Center. Seating is limited to 85 people for each presentation.
WHEN: Mondays 5:00PM- 6:00PM and 6:30-7:30PM • June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, and, August 1, 8
WHERE: OIB Community Center 44 E 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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. Educational programs are available on request.
WHEN: Sundays starting June 12th @ 7pm
WHERE: Sunset Properties Parking lot
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