Loggerhead Momma Nesting

It was a cloudy morning as ATV rider Debbie Spillman was riding her route looking for sea turtle crawls. In the distance she thought she was coming up on a dead sea turtle that had washed ashore sadly, but her frown was quickly turned upside down because instead it was a LIVE sea turtle momma nesting, how exciting! Debbie watched over momma turtle carefully as she laid her eggs and called Marissa with NC Wildlife to gather our nesting response team. Momma sea turtle laid a beautiful nest, but NEST volunteers were concerned this nest would be susceptible to erosion and wash out completely. The decision was then made to relocate the nest up higher on the beach to give our baby sea turtles the best chance!

Sea Turtle Eggs!

NEST volunteers and Kelsey our NCWRC intern start the process of relocating the eggs.









NEST volunteers Edna, Lisa and Ray work carefully to put the eggs into the new egg chamber they have created.


It did not take long for the NEST volunteers to get the eggs safely back in their new home for the next two months and now we will wait for the tiny oreo sized cookie hatchlings to come out! Thank you to our awesome team that morning!

Yipeeeee Nest #12!

  • nest number: 12
  • town: Carova
  • date eggs laid: 07/07/2018
  • begin monitoring: 08/30/2018
  • actual emergence date: 9/8/18
  • live hatchlings: 125
  • total eggs: 130

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