Storm Threatens Remaining Sea Turtle Nests
We have only three sea turtle nests left to hatch on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There is a green sea turtle nest high in the dunes in the four-wheel drive area north of Corolla, North Carolina, and there are two nests remaining in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Mother Nature has thrown a real roadblock into the possible success of these nests. With a nor’easter and a full moon over the weekend of 26 September 2015, there is a lot of erosion on the Outer Banks. The nor’easter causes huge waves and strong winds that buffet the beaches and dunes. Also, when there is a full moon or a new moon, we have much higher high tides and much lower low tides.
With these two events occurring at the same time, we saw a lot of water on top of the remaining nests. If the storm does not take the nests out completely, we will just have to hope for the best.
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