Massive Cold-Stun Event at Outer Banks

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In the span of two days in early January 2016, volunteers patrolling the sound side of Hatteras Island off the coast of North Carolina found 349 cold-stunned turtles. All but two were juvenile green sea turtles, probably three to five years old.

Crest Rehabbed, Returned to Open Ocean

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After more than five months of rehabilitation at the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, a loggerhead named “Crest” was returned to the beach and set free into the open ocean.

Storm Threatens Remaining Sea Turtle Nests

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A powerful storm hit the beaches of North Carolina starting on 25 September 2015, and threatened the remaining unhatched nests on the state’s Outer Banks.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #22

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Nest #22 is a complete mystery. There are only eye-witness reports that some 100 hatchlings came out of a nest in Southern Shores. Attempts to learn more by excavating a nest failed when researchers could not locate one in the area.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #20

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Things look bad for Nest #20 after waves washed over this nest and carried the eggs out to sea. Tourists retrieved some of the eggs, but it will be a miracle if they actually produce hatchlings.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #18

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Nest #18 was laid close to the high tide line and close to a fishing pier, so NEST volunteers moved it to a safer place.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #17

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Nest #17 is a very efficient nest with no drama and no surprises so far.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #15

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Nest #15 boiled successfully; unfortunately, nobody was there to witness the hatchlings as they made their way to the ocean.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #14

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Nest #14 had to be moved from the high tide line. While doing so, conservationists removed one egg for a sea turtle DNA study.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #12

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Nest #12 is proceeding along normally, and there have been no surprises thus far. This in itself is very unusual for a sea turtle nest!