A nest every day for four days in a row.  What will tomorrow bring?? Maybe a record nest streak!!! The mama of nest 19 scurried up the beach and decided to lay her eggs right at the high tide line (in a calm ocean) so this nest had to be relocated to a safer spot. She must have been in a hurry to get back into the ocean!

NEST volunteer Peggy C found the eggs on her first try.

Pegs quick find was a surprise as the nest mound was over 6 feet long.  We thought we would be digging a very long time!  Once we found the nest we prepared to relocate it.  As we started to take the eggs out of the nest it was clear this was an unusual nest.  Right at the top of the nest was a triplet egg.

Rare triplet egg

Shortly after that a twin egg.

See large twin egg in lower right hand corner of the egg carton.

In all there were two triplet and nine twin eggs!!! All safely relocated in the new nest up near the dunes. Will be very interesting to see if these doubles and triplets hatch and produce healthy hatchlings.

Team 19




  • nest number: 19
  • town: South Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/19/2018
  • begin monitoring: 09/11/2018
  • actual emergence date: 10/20/18
  • live hatchlings: 11
  • total eggs: 71

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