To ensure the preservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles, working within federal and state guidelines. The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is comprised of volunteers dedicated to the protection of all sea turtle species. During nesting season (May 1 - August 31) we patrol from the southern end of Kure Beach to the northern end (including Freeman Park) of Carolina Beach.
NEWS and Updates
Time for turtle talks!
Come join us for our Turtle Talks and learn more about our beloved sea turtles, what we do and ways you can help!
Carolina Beach Talks are held every Tuesday on the boardwalk at 7pm.
Seismic Testing Video
Here is a great video that explains seismic testing.
New Season Begins!
We would like to express our thanks to all those folks who came out to our Orientation Meeting! Thank you so much for your interest in our project. We look forward to working with each and everyone!
So many people are interested in our project it is overwhelming! While we welcome everyone who would like to help we have grown so large that we have had to implement procedures to handle our growth. Unfortunately we are no longer able to accept new volunteers for this season. However you may come join us at nests and other activities when you see us out on the beach! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for next season we ask that you attend a turtle talk sometime over the summer to learn more about ways you can help.
We love to have new people and welcome the chance for more to witness this wonderful part of nature. While you would not be "official" and earn hours and so on it does give you a chance to be a part of things and see if it is right for you. Then when we have our next orientation you will be able to become "official". Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information on how to become a volunteer.
Also don't forget you can Adopt-A-Nest and help that way! We also welcome Donations!
We look forward to meeting you on the beach!
Echo Friendly Action is working to stop seismic testing....
for ways you can help please visit their website!
A mother turtle laying her eggs
Such exciting times on the beach! This year we have been fortunate enough to witness several mama turtles laying their eggs. Many thanks to our summer visitors for seeing them and reporting it to 911 operators! This is such a treat to see for us as well as visitors. Be sure to keep an eye out while on the beach and if you see one DO NOT approach her, DO NOT shine lights on her but DO call 911! Then hang back and give her plenty of room and watch nature take its course. PLEASE DO NOT take flash photos of her! We use infrared cameras to get our photos because we don't want to blind her before she goes back in the ocean.
Photograph courtesy Neal Dorow
Photograph courtesy Neal Dorow
We need you!
Please remember to fill in any holes before leaving the beach,
pick up any trash especially plastic and while you are on the beach
if you see any nesting turtles or hatchlings
please contact us immediately at
or call 911
If you see a nesting turtle please refrain from shining any lights on her and keep a safe distance while you watch this amazing creature. Also please refrain from giving out the location of a nesting turtle to anyone other than authorities.
2013 Nest Count