Sea Turtles

Bald Head Island is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary.  DO NOT DISTURB SEA TURTLE NESTS. Sea turtle nests are marked with wooden posts, tape, signage, and cages, and should be avoided.

Per Village ordinance “it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully take any sea turtle or to take any action that may or will disturb or destroy any sea turtle, including but not limited to green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles, their nests, hatchlings, or eggs within the sea turtle sanctuary.” – Sec. 4-480

How to Protect Sea Turtles

  • Turtles are disoriented by white light. The Village and the Bald Head Association have ordinances and rules in place for lighting, please make sure your home’s lighting complies. At night, make sure all ocean-facing windows have shades or blinds closed and beach facing outdoor lights are off.
  • If you want to go out on the beach with a flashlight, pick up some red cellophane at the Conservancy to put over your flashlight. 
  • Reduce the use of plastic.  Use reusable bags when shopping.
  • If you are on the beach and see litter, please pick it up.
  • Do not release balloons into the sky.
  • Fill in holes on the beach and pick up your beach equipment each night.  Turtles can easily fall into holes and run into beach gear that is left out.
  • Participate in the BHI Conservancy Sea Turtle Protection Program – more info HERE.

Source: BHI Conservancy