Lucky vacationers walking on the beach between July and October on Topsail Island, NC, might spot the signs and pink borderlines of a turtle nest about to hatch. Turtle project volunteers prepare the nesting area for the emerging turtles by creating smooth runways in the sand and clearing the area of obstacles. At night, trained volunteers sit by these nests and await the actual hatching, as well as advise nearby homeowners to shield their lights, in order for the turtles to aim for the ocean. When visitors and/or residents come upon a roped-off nest that has been prepared with turtle-driveways, they are welcome to join volunteers in this breathtaking, truly genuine experience. However, survival of the baby turtles requires patience and a willingness to follow instructions on the part of the spectators and participants.
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