Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. We accomplish this through the rescue, care, and release of sick and injured sea turtles, public education regarding the plight of sea turtles and the threat of their extinction, and learning opportunities for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and veterinary medicine from around the world. A nonprofit organization, we view our work as a privilege and are honored to work with these magnificent creatures.
Help Cold-Stunned Turtles!
With the coming of winter and colder water temperatures, sea turtles in North Carolina and all along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, turtles are beginning to strand from "cold stunning," a severe form of hypothermia. Here at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, we stand ready to help.
We recently admitted 13 cold stunned Kemp's ridley turtles that stranded on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. All were rescued by the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, were triaged at the New England Aquarium, and were flown to North Carolina by Turtles Fly Too, a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteer pilots who help transport sea turtles and other animals. Veterinarians at the NC State Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City examined the turtles after their flight. We picked up the turtles and brought them to KBSTRRC for ongoing rehabilitation.
Even as we are caring for these turtles, we are preparing to admit cold stunned turtles from North Carolina. We've had as many as 109 on site at once! We are setting up rooms to gradually warm the turtles, stocking up on food and medical supplies, and ensuring we have the antibiotics we'll need to care for the turtles.
SORRY, WE'RE CLOSED.... We are closed for public tours December 19 through February 28. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.
ADMISSION (PLUS sales tax & fees):
$7.00 General Admission (Ages 13-61) $6.00 Military (Active Duty and Veterans) $6.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and up) $5.00 Children (Ages 3-12) $0.00 Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2) (Babies are free but ticket still required to reserve their spot!)
Masks/face coverings STILL required.
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization - POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS EIN: 56-1967579
This conservation work for protected sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and on Topsail Island is authorized by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, ES Permit 21ST05.