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Topsail Island has 26 miles of coastline.
Each mile is surveyed every morning to identify sea turtle tracks and nests from May through August.
SEA TURTLES  DIG THE DARK
Please keep oceanfront lighting to a minimum.  Lights disorient nesting mothers and lead hatchlings away from the sea, a trip they cannot survive.
In North Carolina the nesting season is mid-May through August.
The Loggerhead Sea Turtle comes ashore to nest 3 to 5 times during a nesting year.
She deposits an average of 120 eggs per nest.
The eggs will incubate in the sand for about 60 days.

After all the hatchlings have pipped out of their eggs, 
they emerge from the nest together and race to the sea.
Weighing in at about two ounces, their first challenge on our beach
is escaping the deadly grasp of the ghost crabs.
Once in the water they must hide from both bird and fish predators, 
and the swim to sea weed rafts and the Sargasso Sea begins.

It is a long swim to maturity.
It is estimated that 1 in 1000 survives the first year,
and as few as 1 in 5,000 - 10,000 survive to adulthood.
No one has the answer to this.
In 20 to 30 years the surviving hatchlings will reach adulthood.
The females will return to their natal beaches to lay their eggs and the cycle begins again.

5 sec video clip 1

  Surprise daylight visitor
 This sea turtle came to nest about 5 PM.
  

5 sec video clip 2
  She left behind nest 125 eggs.

 
Beach Patrol

Covering 26 miles, rain and shine, every morning,
the many, the proud, (some of) the beach patrol 2012

2014
TB = Topsail Beach    SC = Surf City (north/south of bridge)   NTB = North Topsail Beach ( north/south of bridge)
Date        
Nest     
Location   
Hatch Date #Eggs/#Hatch
May 25
43
1532 S Shore, SC July 25
143 / 130
June 1
1
2510 S shore, SC-S
Aug 6
125 / 119
June 4
2
1259 NRI, NTB-n
Aug 7
86 / 70
June 4
3
St. Moritz, NTB-S
Aug 9
138 / 99
June 4
4
211 S Anderson, TB
Aug 15
108 / 61
June 5
5
2512 S Shore SC
Aug 13
170 / 132
June 9
6
3800 Island dr, NTB
Aug 14
 32 / 28
June 11
7
3012 s shore SC-s
Aug 18
123 / 29
June 15
8
2928 Island Dr NTB-s
Aug 16
 96 / 79
June 17
9
719 N. Anderson, TB
Aug 16
124 / 117
June 17
10
NTB-s


June 17 11
1523 NRI  NTB-n
Aug 19
136 /. 133
June 18 12
Bay Ct NTB-n
Aug 18
103 / 93
June 20 13
3012 s shore, SC-s
Aug 21
138 / 96
June 22 14
5th Ave. NTB-s
Aug 28

June 23 15
NTB-s


June 23 16
2428 s shore SC-s
Aug 27
 21 / 11
June 24 17
Bay Ct  NTB-n
Aug 29
 73 / 49
June 25 18
1148 s shore SC-s
Aug 30
152  / 82
June 28 19
1714 n shore SC-n
Sept 1
112 / 106
June 28 20
4472 island dr. NTB-s
Sept 1
166 / 100
June 30
21
Bay Ct. NTB-n
Sept 2
117 / 110
June 30
22
202 Ernst dr., NTB-s
Sept 1
119 / 78
June 30pm
23
911 ocean, TB
Sept 5
107 / 97
July 1
24
505 n anderson, TB
Aug 31
137 / 131
July 1
25
1078 NRI, NTB-n
Sept 5
139 / 139
July 2
26
200 n anderson TB
Sept 3
152 / 149
July 3
27
2626 s shore, SC-s
Aug 31
125 / 116
July 3
28
717 n anderson, TB
Sept 3
162 / 144
July 7 29
surf condos SC-n
Sept 5
109 / 106
July 7 30
1320 s shore, SC-s
Sept 9
90 / 76
July 11
31
Shipwatch Villas NTB-n
Sept 5
127 / 114
July 12
32
1324 s shore SC-s
Sept 12

July 13
33
SC-s


July 14
34
SC-n


July 14
35
3584 island dr., NTB-s
Sept 8
137 /  130
July 15
36
SC-s


July 18
37
SC-n


July 22
38
SC-n


July 21
39
SC-s


July 26
40
SC-s


July 26 41
SC-s


July 26 42
TB







July 27 44
NTB-s


July 21 45
SC-n


July 31 46
NTB-s


August 8
47
NTB-s


August 9
48
NTB-n


August 9
49
SC-s


August 11
50
NTB-n


August 11
51
NTB-n


August 13
52
NTB-s





YEAR
TOTAL #
Crawls
# Nests
# False Crawls
# Eggs
# Live Hatchlings
# Unhatched Eggs
# Dead Hatchlings
2013
302
136
166
15,481
11,113
4,368

2012
160
85
75
9,869
8,080
1,789

2011
213
110
103
12,142
9369
2,773
* data incomplete
  14 nests lost
2010
188
104
84
12,150
10,058
2,092

2009
105
59
46
7315
5804
1,450
39
2008
152
89
63
10,112*
8212
1,102
318
* data incomplete
6 nests lost
354+ lost eggs
2007
111
61
50
7,146
5,152
1,832
162
2006
166
94
72
9,838*
7,750
1.179
289
* date incomplete, 20 nests lost hurricane ernesto
2005 105
72
43
7,460*
5,107
1,244
208
*901 missing eggs, hurricane ophelia
2004
98
55
43
6,783
5,349
1,219
215
2003
134
80
54
9,882
8,260
1,531
91
2002
162
86
76
10,307
8,866
1,246
195
2001
130
79
51
  9,045
7,721
1,271
53

 

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