Our week long dry spell has been broken!!  Two nests in one day!!  The mother turtle of nest 19 put on a show for visitors and NESTers alike. She was spotted laying her eggs on the beach and the NEST hotline was called. Volunteers joined beach goers

A NEST volunteer and a beachgoer (Maria on right) watched mama turtle lay her eggs and then came back the next morning for the verification of eggs and eventual relocation! Wow!! Thank you!!!

The nest needed to be relocated as it was laid in a beach nourishment area.

The eggs of Nest 19 are packed up and ready to go to their new nest!!  We place the traveling eggs in egg cartons to keep them safe during transport.

Nest 19 team

UPDATE: Excavation of Nest 19

After a successful hatch, the work of the Nest 19 team didn’t stop!!  Each nest is excavated a few days after emergence in order to gather information on the hatch rate and general health of the nest. Steph W sent me some great pictures of what happened at Nest 19.

The dig

Our Science Advisor, Karen Clark, shows a temperature data logger to beachgoers

One of the live hatchlings found in the nest

A dead hatchling with a large unused yolk sac

The release of 13 live hatchlings found in nest


  • nest number: 19
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/10/2019
  • begin monitoring: 09/03/2019
  • actual emergence date: 8/26/19
  • live hatchlings: 121
  • total eggs: 139

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