Turtle hospital welcomes NTOB (New Turtle on the Block)

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 02:11 PM.

Directions to our hospital in Surf City: Take the turn from N.C. 50/210 onto Charlie Medlin Drive (Shipwreck Point Golf Course is your landmark for this road.) Follow the road onto the gravel section and through the roundabout to Tortuga Lane. Stay on Tortuga until it ends and make the left into our parking lot. Come in through the double glass doors. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors and active military with ID, $3 children.

Still a chance of stunning weather

Although we’re nearing the end of our “cold-stun season,” Hyde’s story illustrates that even larger turtles with more body mass are not immune to the effects of our very long and bitterly cold winter. Although able to survive a cold snap, their recovery process is so draining that they often devolve physically into the type of patient we refer to as our “Barnacle Bills.” In the event that you do come across a turtle in distress here are the basic steps for a cold-stun rescue: If the turtle is small and easily handled remove it 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. 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: flippers@att.net. 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: flippers@att.net. Things are constantly changing, and the copy under construction is being updated so the news is fresh. At some point we’ll just bite the squid and get something out to our ever-growing (nearing 1,000) list. If your e-mail address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list.


Karen Sota is the volunteer media coordinator for the Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach.

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