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First sea turtle hatchlings emerge in Ocean Isle Beach

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Some 118 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged from the first nest at Ocean Isle Beach.

“We had our first nest hatchee118 babies boiled out like they were ready for that ocean. They were big and very dry,” Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator for the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol said.

The hatchlings emerged Monday, during the 55th day of the season.

Hillenburg added, “We have never had a first nest hatch that soon.”

Hillenburg said the organization, which gives weekly lectures about sea turtles, is proud of the island’s visitors and those who have helped with the sea turtle project.

While the most recent spawn was hatching, another mother came in and laid a nest. That takes the island’s nest count up to seven.

For those wanting to know more about sea turtles and their nesting habits, or to volunteer for the Turtle Watch program, attend a teaching session at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, 44 East First St., in Ocean Isle Beach. The sessions are at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

“What a wonderful world,” Hillenburg said.