Turtle nesting season officially begins May 1 on the coast of North Carolina and lasts through October 31.
Throughout those months, female sea turtles will come up onto North Carolina beaches to make nests to lay their eggs. Each nest can have up to around 120 eggs that are all roughly the size of a ping pong ball.
The turtle will dig a hole in the sand about one to two feet below the surface, lay the eggs, then cover the hole back up with sand.
According to seaturtle.org, a majority of the turtle nests in North Carolina come from loggerheads with a few green turtles and leatherbacks each year.
With all of that being said, the conditions for turtles to lay their eggs on the beach need to be just right.
Here is a list of dos and don’ts from some local turtle patrols to make sure our beaches are a safe environment for turtles to nest
Sea turtles are protected under federal and state law and any activity that threatens that protection could be punishable.
Here’s a guide to local turtle patrols of the beaches in Southeastern North Carolina. If you have any questions regarding any of the do’s and don’ts, or if you happen to see a turtle nesting, reach out to the local turtle patrol immediately.