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Visiting Hours:  Thursdays and Saturdays 1-4pm.  **Closed on Thurs., 11/23 for Thanksgiving BUT will be open on Fri., 11/24 and Sat., 11/25 from 1-4pm.**

Sea Turtle Nesting

Topsail Island has 26 miles of coastline. Each mile is surveyed every morning to identify sea turtle tracks and nests from May through August.

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.

Sea Turtle Nesting Dates

2015

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 17 1 SC-n
700 n shore
7-17 141 / 125
May 18 2 NTB-n
Bay Ct
7-20 160 / 106
May 24 3 NTB-s
Surf Condos
7-18 115 / 99
May 26 4 SC-s
2911 S Shore
7-22 127 / 109
May 26 5 NTB-n
404 NRI
7-27 84 / 67
May 26 6 NTB-s
Hampton Colony
7-21 149 / 92
May 27 7 TB
1157 n anderson
7-26 117 / 113
May 29 8 NTB-s
Hampton Colony
7-24 170 / 121
May 30 9 TB
access 11
7-27 97 / 82
May 30 10 NTB-n
1737 NRI
7-26 136 / 114
May 31 11 NTB-n
Bay Ct N
7-27 168 / 115
June 1 12 NTB-n
Marina Way
7-30 82 / 75
June 1 13 SC-s
2819 S Shore
7-27 138 / 126
June 1 14 TB
Queens Grant
7-31 119 / 64
June 2 15 TB
Access19
8-2 120 / 112
June 3 16 NTB-n
Marina Way
7-30 157 / 121
June 5 17 TB
101 n anderson
7-25 140 / 102
June 5 18 NTB-n
Marina Way N
7-31 125 / 120
June 8pm 19 NTB-s
631 Ocean
7-31 119 / 103
June 9 20 NTB-n
Marina North
8-5 143 / 117
June 10 21 SC-s
1112 s shore
7-31 143 / 108
June 12 22 NTB-s
Hampton Colony S
8-2 140 / 41
June 12 23 NTB-n
Marina Way N
8-6 108 / 83
June 12 24 NTB-n
Marina Way S
8-9 119 / 109
June 13 25 NTB-n
jeffries access
no hatch 108 / 0
June 14 26 SC-n
810 Topsail Drive
8-5 149 / 124
June 15 27 SC-s
1534 s shore
8-4 110 / 97
June 15 28 NTB-s
3638 island dr
8-14 79 / 72
June 17 29 SC-n
822 topsail dr
8-7 128 / 121
June 17 30 NTB-n
1310 NRI
8-13 96 / 93
June 17 31 SC-s
2702 s shore
8-7 131 / 81
June 18 32 NTB-n
1402 NRI
8-10 129 / 122
June 18 33 NTB-n
1346 NRI
8-16 145 / 106
June 19 34 SC-n
706 N Shore
8-9 100 / 95
June 19 35 NTB-n
1259 NRI
8-22 163 / 118
June 20 36 NTB-n
1302 NRI
8-19 142 / 108
June 23 37 SC-s
1510 S Shore
8-15 129 / 104
June 23 38 SC-s
614 S Shore
8-18 130 / 118
June 24 39 TB
1215 Ocean blvd
8-23 108 / 104
June 25 40 SC-s
1628 S Shore
8-15 140 / 111
June 25 41 SC-n
816 Topsail dr
8-13 110 / 96
June 26 42 NTB-s
4456 island dr
8-22 122 / 116
June 26 43 SC-s
1830 S Shore
8-18 131 / 118
June 29 44 SC-n
1825 N Shore
8-18 117 / 113
June 30 45 TB
301 N Anderson
8-26 152 / 148
July 01 46 NTB-n
BA 40
8-25 144 / 136
July 03 47 NTB-s
4358 island dr
8-29 123 / 119
July 05 48 NTB-n
1677 NRI
8-31 151 / 113
July 06 49 SC-s
1540 s shore
8-25 147 / 142
July 06 50 SC-s
1308 s shore
8-25 138 / 106
July 08 51 TB
1407 ocean
9-8 105 / 97
July 08 52 SC-n
326 n shore dr
9-1 85 / 67
July 12 53 NTB-s
3756 island dr
9-7 118 / 116
July 17 54 NTB-s
162 ocean view
9-12 166 / 148
July 19 55 TB
715 N Anderson
9-15 111 / 108
July 20 56 TB
301 N Anderson
9-14 160 / 153
July 21 57 NTB-n
July 22 58 TB
513 N Anderson
9-15 112 / 103
July 23 59 NTB-n
July 26 60 SC-n
9th street
9-17 84 /
July 26 61 NTB-n
July 26 62 TB
July 31 63 NTB-n
Aug 4 64 TB
Aug 4 65 NTB
Aug 66 NTB-s
?? 67 NTB-s 8-25 72 / 70
July 20 68 NTB-s
330 North Shore Dr
9-16
July 16 69 NTB-s
464 Topsail Rd
9-10 166 / 163