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Tracking Turtle Strandings
Hundreds of sea turtles are stranded each year off the coast of North Carolina. Volunteers from the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) and other organizations monitor strandings in order to better understand turtle conservation. These groups also work to rehabilitate, and return to the ocean, as many as possible. Page 2 of this article includes datasets and maps related to sea turtle strandings.
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Field Report: 2014 Outer Banks Sea Turtles
After an unusually late start, the sea turtle nesting season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is underway. Sea turtle conservationist Jackie Orsulak brings us up-to-date on nesting activity in the area.
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UPDATED 15 AUGUST: Kemp's Ridley Nests at Outer Banks
For the third year in a row, a rare Kemp's ridley has nested on a beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Jackie Orsulak of NEST shares the story, along with photos and video of the event.
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More Seals on NC Beaches
A harp seal and a harbor seal have each hauled up on North Carolina beaches during the early winter of 2012.
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Results of Brady Necropsy
Christian Legner from the North Carolina Aquarium-Roanoke Island performed a necropsy on Brady, a stranded sea turtle found on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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Final Report on Nest 18
For a long time, sea turtle conservationists in northeastern North Carolina held out hope for Nest 18. A late season storm, however, led to a disappointing outcome.
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Working to Save a Stranded Sea Turtle
Sea turtle conservationist Jackie Orsulak reports on a group of volunteers and veterinarians that worked to save "Brady," a Kemp's ridley stranded on the North Carolina coast.
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Nest 18 Update
Outer Banks Nest 18 was laid late in the season and then had to survive Hurricane Irene as well. Nevertheless, it is still possible that this nest will hatch successfully.
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After the Storm
UPDATED 17 OCTOBER 2011. Hurricane Irene brought significant damage to North Carolina's Outer Banks. The storm's impacts on sea turtle nests is unknown at this point, though there is hope that the hatchlings in four nests will survive.
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Searching for Nest 15
Sea turtle conservationists search in vain for Nest 15, which was hit hard by Hurricane Irene.
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