The doctor is in — and being kept busy

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 01:04 PM.

Next tour?

We will open our doors to everyone beginning June 5. We’re still working on the final schedule of days and times, so watch this column, our website ( and our Facebook page (The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center) for details.

Cold-stun update

Some of the turtles coming in now are not necessarily “cold” but rather critters that finally became so debilitated from a prior cold-stun that they’re just drifting in with the tides. In the event that you do come across a turtle in distress, here are the basic steps for a cold-stun rescue: Remove the turtle from the beach or water and place it in an unheated area such as your garage, car or utility room. Do not try to warm it up! That could cause the turtle to go into shock. The N.C. state hotline for any stranding is 252-241-7367, and the call will be picked up 24/7. Locally, if you come across any turtle in distress you can text or phone our director, Jean Beasley, at 910-470-2800 or our beach director, Terry Meyer, at 910-470-2880. Please report any and all local sea turtle activity (strandings, injured or sick turtles) immediately to Jean or Terry.

Questions, comments, suggestions?

Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions re: this column to me at: This column is in the off-season schedule of publication of every other week. To be added to the newsletter list e-mail me at the same address: I’m working on the next edition, but there’s so much to talk about that it’s tough knowing what to include, and things change daily! It’s a long process, and we have a lot of work to do before our grand opening so we ask for your patience while we try to get it together. If your e-mail address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list.


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