The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol is a conservation group involved with most aspects of the sea turtle species native to Holden Beach. Our Project Coordinator and State Permit holder is Linda Purcell. Ms. Purcell, along with a volunteer group of full time residents, volunteer countless hours in the name of sea turtle preservation.

The purpose of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program is to protect threatened and endangered Sea Turtles from extinction by educating visitors to our beach, by providing a sanctuary and safe environment for nesting turtles and hatchlings, and by aiding stranded turtles. This permit is granted under the guidance of the North Carolina Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The most common turtle to appear on North Carolina beaches is the Loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta)