Network for Endangered Sea Turtles
What is a Turtle Crawl?
A turtle crawl is the unique pattern in the sand left by a sea turtle when the turtle crawls to or from the sea. Some people say they look like a tractor tread.
Turtle crawls are key to helping sea turtles because the crawls tell us we were visited by one of these special creatures.
A turtle crawl can lead straight to a nest and then back out to sea a turtle crawl
may wind around the beach when the sea turtle cannot find a suitable place to lay her eggs
or a sea turtle may wander before and after nesting to mask the location of her eggs.
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P.O. Box 1168
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
REPORT ALL NESTING TURTLES, TURTLE CRAWLS, stranded/dead turtles, OR HATCHING EVENTS on the Outer Banks to the