May is for moms … even those with flippers

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 01:14 PM.

• Keep beachfront lighting to a minimum. Turtles can become disoriented by bright lights and head off in the wrong direction. We have had several instances over the years where mamas actually ended up in parking lots and on the highways.

• Do not leave large items (chairs, canopies, umbrellas) on the beach overnight. A turtle can become entangled in these.

• If you dig a hole do not walk away without replacing all the sand. It’s dangerous not only to turtles but to humans who can stumble into it and break a bone (it’s happened.)

• Respect the nest and any instructions from our Topsail Turtle Project volunteers. They have all been trained in the proper procedures. We do encourage you to ask them any questions that you might have, however.

Please report all local sea turtle activity to Terry at 910-470-2880. If unable to reach her you may also contact Director Jean Beasley at 910-470-2800. The state of NC also has a hotline for strandings (injured or sick turtles): 252-241-7367 and the call will be picked up 24/7.

Summer tour schedule

We will open our doors to everyone beginning June 5th. Days and hours can be found on website ( and our Facebook page (The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center).

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