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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

2013
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 23
1
SC-S
Aug 4
124/54
May 28
2
TB
Aug 8
94 / 60
May 29
3
NTB-S
3010 island dr., ntb
Aug 3

May 29
4
NTB-S
300 seashore, ntb
Aug 2

May 30
5
NTB-N


May 31
6
SC-N


June 02
7
NTB-N


June 05
8
SC-S
2911 s shore
Aug 15
101 / 83
June 08
9
SC-S
2516 s shore
Aug 10
106/104
June 09
10
TB
1511 Ocean blvd
Aug 12
113 / 103
June 09
11
NTB-N
388 NRI
Aug 9
157 / 124
June 09 12
NTB-S
Hanpton Colony
Aug 8
127 / 51
June 10 13
NTB-S
3010 island
Aug 11
120 / 91
June 10
14
SC-S
1924 s shore
Aug 15
129 / 120
June 10
15
SC-S
804 s shore
Aug 10
106 / 100
June 10
16
NTB-N


June 11
17
NTB-N
1669 NRI
Aug 14
138 / 90
June 12
18
NTB-N
1214 N River Inlet
Aug 13
106 / 66
June 12
19
NTB -N


June 13
20
NTB-N
3512 island dr
August 12
75/65
June 13
21
TB
909 Ocean blvd
Aug 14
56 / 3
June 14
22
SC-N
808 n shore dr
Aug 12
140 / 107
June 14
23
NTB-N
418 NRI
Aug 13
162 / 138
June 14
24
SC-s


June 14
25
TB
1403 Ocean
Aug  15
94 / 70
June 14
26
NTB-s


June 14
27
NTB-s


June 15
28
TB
1017 Ocean blvd
Aug 20
117 / 112
June 16
29
NTB-s


June 16
30
NTB-n
388 NRI
Aug 15
152 / 135
June 18
31
NTB-n
Ship Watch Villas
Aug 22
103 / 133
June 19
32
SC-s
1114 s shore drive
Aug 22
169 / 60
June 20
33
TB
1417  Ocean
Aug 22
100 / 94
June 24
34
TB
1005 Ocean
Aug 24
101 / 96
June 25
35
SC-s
806 S shore
Aug 22
119 / 115
June 25
36
SC-n


June 26
37
SC-s
2014 S shore
Aug 24
153 / 148
June 26
38
NTB-s


June 26
39
NTB-s


June 27
40
NTB-s


June 27
41
SC-n
1228 n shore
Aug 23
130 / 119
June 27
42
NTB-n


June 27
43
NTB-n
1180 NRI
Aug 25
162 / 145
 / June 27
44
TB


June 28
45
NTB-s


June 28
46
NTB-s


June 28
47
SC-s


June 29
48
NTB-s


June 29
49
NTB-s


June 29
50
TB


June 30
51
SC-s
1322 s shore
Aug 24
132 / 108
July 1
52
NTB-n


July 1
53
NTB-n
Marina Way
Aug 30
124 / 97
July 2
54
SC-s
1022 S shore
Sept 5
151 / 141
July 3
55
NTB-s


July 3
56
NTB-n
1749 NRI
Aug 28
160 / 152
July 5
57
SC-s
1506 S Shore
Sept 2
158 / 153
July 6
58
NTB-s tagged
Stump Sound
Sept 9
70 / 24
July 8
59
NTB-n
1180 NRI
Sept 2
143 / 137
July 9
60
NTB-n


July 9
61
NTB-s


July 10
62
NTB-s

July 10
63
SC-n


July 11
64
NTB-s
310 Seashore
Sept 7
150 / 147
July 11
65
SC-s
1326 S Shore
Sept 6
154 / 148
July 11
66
NTB-n



July 11
67
NTB-n
408 NRI
Sept 6
103 / 97
July 11
68
NTB-n

July 11
69
NTB-s

July12 70
NTB-n

July 12
71
NTB-s

July 12
72
NTB-s


July 12 73
NTB-s
4318 island dr
Sept 9

July 12
74
NTB-s
3586 Island dr
Sept 10

July 13
75
NTB-n

July 13
76
NTB-s
3682 Island dr
Sept 6
105 / 99
July 13
77
SC-n
616 n shore
Sept 11
52 / 49
July 13
78
NTB-s

July 14
79
SC-n

July 14
80
NTB-s

July14 81
TB


July 16
82
TB


July 14
83
SC-s

July 18
84
NTB-n

July 19
85
SC-s

July 19
86
NTB-s

July 20
87
SC-s

July 21
88
NTB-s

July 22
89
NTB-n

July 24
90
NTB-s

July 24
91
NTB-n

July 25
92
NTB-n

July 25
93
NTB-s

July 25
94
NTB-s

July 27
95
TB


July 28
96
TB


July 28
97
TB


July 28
98
NTB-s

July 28
99
NTB-n

July 29
100
SC-s

July 29
101
SC-s

July 29
102
SC-s

July 29
103
SC-n

July 29
104
TB


July 29
105
SC-n

July 28
106
TB





YEAR
TOTAL #
Crawls
# Nests
# False Crawls
# Eggs
# Live Hatchlings
# Unhatched Eggs
# Dead Hatchlings
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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