Rescue & Rehab

N.E.S.T. has its roots in helping injured and sick turtles. In the mid 90’s N.E.S.T. founders led by our first president Millie Overman, wanted to focus on the rehabilitation of turtles who had already beat the terrible odds of surviving those first few days and years of turtle life. They soon found that the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island had no facilities to treat injured turtles. The first injured turtles were treated in the living rooms of N.E.S.T. volunteers. Eventually, funds were secured by N.E.S.T. for a small turtle treatment facility at the aquarium. In 2014, that humble facility was replaced by the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island. NEST volunteers still help care for turtles there.

N.E.S.T. is also responsible for rescuing and transporting sick and injured sea turtles to the STAR Center. N.E.S.T. receives on its 24 hour hotline hundreds of calls a year from beachgoers reporting turtle sittings. Each of those calls is screened and then investigated by N.E.S.T. volunteers. Volunteers will then transport turtles needing treatment to the STAR Center. During winter months at times of abrupt water temperature drops, N.E.S.T. has rescued hundreds of turtles stunned by the cold water and stranded in Pamlico Sound. Many of these turtles are transported to the STAR Center. We also necropsy and collect samples from dead turtles to help researchers find out more about sea turtles.

Image Name Age/Species Strand Date / Location Cause of Strand Weight Outcome

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Number 54 Rowdy Juvenile Kemps Ridley 5-16-17 transfered from Virginia Beach Aquarium Boat strike 25 lbs

#16 CM-SSB180513-01 Aldo Leopold Juvenile Green 4-25-18 S Core Banks, NC Cold Stun 6.2 lbs sent to Pine Knoll Shores for release

#17 CM-EFC180425-01 Anders Celcius Juvenile Green 4-25-18 Atlantic Beach, NC Cold Stun 12.1 lbs sent to Pine Knoll Shores for release

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#18 CC-WPT180513-01 Alexander Graham Bell Juvenile Loggerhead 5-13-18 Rodanthe head trauma/injury 61 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#21 CMDME18100401 Francis Crick Juvenile Green 10-4-18 Pamilico Sound Caught in gill net and water in lungs 8 lbs transferred to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital after diagnosing punctured lung November 2018 and passed away after exploratory surgery

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#22 CCLLB18100601 Ada Lovelace Adult Loggerhead 10-6-18 Hatteras Inlet Caught in ghost net 190 lbs

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#34 CCLMP2018110901 BF Skinner Juvenile Loggerhead 11-9-18 south of Avalon pier unknown 60 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#23 LKAEJ2018102601 Werner Heisenburg Juvenile Kemps 10-26-18 Nags Head buoyancy issues and abrasions 5 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

#24 CCWPT18110101 Franz Boa juvenile loggerhead 11-1-18 Avon washed up during high tide 119 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

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#25 Henry Cavendish Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10/23/18 Massachusetts Cold stun 3.6 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

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#26 Michael Faraday Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stun 3.4 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

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#27 Niels Bohr Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-25-18 Massachusetts Cold stun 3.1 lbs Released 1/27/19

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#28 Antoine Lavoistier Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 4.1 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

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#29 Virginia Apgar Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 4.1 lbs Released to Gulf Stream via US Coast Guard in Norfolk 11/18/18

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#30 Emil Adolf Behring Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 3.7 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#31 Noam Chomsky Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 5.6 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#32 Louis Pasteur Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Nags Head cold stunned 2.8 lbs. Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#33 Dian Fossey Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 2.6 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#35 CCTWM2018111301 Leland Clark Sub Adult Loggerhead 11-13-18 Corolla dehydrated and anemic 109 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#37 CMFGW18112901 Amedea Avogadro Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned 6 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#38 CMNBS18112903 Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned dead upon arrival at STAR Center

#39 CMNBS18112904 Anaximander Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned 7.4 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#40 CMNBS18112901 Maria G. Mayer Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned 8.2 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#41 LKNBS18112902 Mae Carol Jemison Juvenile Kemps Ridley 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned 4.2 lbs released 1/27/19

#42 CMKLC18112901 Alfred Binet Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Avon Cold stun 6.5 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#43 CMKLC18112902 Emmy Noether Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Avon cold stunned 6 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#44 CMFGW18112902 Arthur Eddington Juvenile Green 11/29/18 Canadian Hole Hatteras cold stunned 7.1 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#36 CMKDA18112801 Pearl Kendrick Juvenile Green Hatteras 11/28/18 cold stunned 5.5 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#45 CMCNW18113001 Percival Lowell Juvenile Green 11/30/18 Avon cold stunned 6.9 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#46 LKLLB18113001 Wilhelm Ostwald Juvenile Kemps Ridley 11/30/18 Frisco Cold stun 3.3 lbs

#47 NBS_181211-01 James Prescott Juvenile Green 12/11/18 cold stunned 10 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

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#49 CM-JSR18121102 Sergei Winogradsky Juvenile green 12-11-18 Hatteras cold stunned 5.3 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#50 CM-JSR18121101 Steven Hawking Juvenile Green 12/11/18 Frisco cold stun 6 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

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#51 LK-JSK18121103 Andre Marie Ampere Juvenile Kemps 12/11/18 Frisco Cold Stun 3.5 lbs

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#52 LK-AMW18121201 Howard Florey Juvenile Kemps 12-11-18 Salvo cold stun 3.9 lbs

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#54 CM-NBS18121203 Guglielmo Maroni Juvenile Green 12/12/18 Frisco cold stun 6.8 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#55 CM-FVP18121202 Wilder Penfield Juvenile Green 12/12/18 Frisco cold stun 5.5 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

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#56 CM-FVP18121201 Francesco Kedi Juvenile Green 12/12/18 Frisco cold stun Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

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#57 CM-FGW18121201 Carl Limmaeus Juvenile Green 12/12/18 Hatteras cold stun 2.2 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#53 CM-NBS18121201 James Clerk Maxwell Juvenile Green 12/12/18 Frisco cold stun 3.6 lbs Released to Gulf Stream 12/27/18 via Coast Guard out of VA Beach

#1 CM-FGW-190110-01 Aguamenti Juvenile Green 1/10/19 Hatteras cold stun 2.2 lbs

#2 CM-FGW-190110-02 Episkey Juvenile Green 1/10/19 Hatteras cold stun 2.2 lbs

#3 LK-TAG-190111-01 Revelio Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/11/19 Buxton cold stun 11 lbs

#4 CM-BAP-190111-01 Dead on arrival to STAR Center 1/11/19 Hatteras cold stun 4.2 lbs dead upon arrival at STAR Center

#5 CM-FGW-190111-01 Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Avon cold stun 4 lbs dead upon arrival at STAR Center

#6 CM-LAS-190111-01 Locomotor Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Hatteras cold stun 6.8 lbs

#7 CM-FGW-090111-0 Confundo Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Avon cold stun 6.6 lbs

#8 CM-TAG-190111-02 Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Avon cold stun 4.2 lbs dead upon arrival at STAR Center

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#9 CM-LAS-190111-02 Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Hatteras cold stun 4.2 lbs

#10 CM-LAS-190112-01 Gindylow Juvenile Green 1/12/19 Hatteras cold stun 8.7 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#11 CM-RDM-190112-01 Fawkes Juvenile Green 1/12/19 Frisco cold stun 5.4 lbs

#12 CM-BXL-190112-01 Mandrake Juvenile Green 1/12/19 Buxton cold stun 2.2 lbs

#13 CM-LLB-190113-01 Galleon Juvenile Green 1/13/19 Hatteras cold stun 4.6 lbs

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#14 CM-LAS-190114-02 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 8.6 lbs

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#15 CM-FVP-190114-02 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Frisco cold stun 9.2 lbs

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#16 CM-LAS-190114-01 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 6.4 lbs

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#17 LK-JNW-190114-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/14/19 Paradise Bay cold stun 4.4 lbs

#18 CM-FVP-190114-01 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Frisco cold stun 5.7 lbs

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#19 CM-EBF-190114-01 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Buxton cold stun 5.5 lbs Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#20 LK-EBF-190114-02 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/14/19 Buxton cold stun 4.2 lbs

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#21 CM-LAS-190115-01 Juvenile Green 1/15/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 14.3 lbs

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#22 LK-LAS-190115-02 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 5.1 lbs

#23 CM-EBF-190115-01 Juvenile Green 1/15/19 Buxton cold stun 7.3 lbs

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#24 LK-MLB-190115-01 Sub Adult Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Ocracoke cold stun 42.1

#25 CC-DWS-190115-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/15/19 Corolla cold stun 62 lbs

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#26 LK-RFM-190115-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Frisco cold stun 5.1 lbs

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#27 CM-PXG-190115-01 Juvenile Green 1/15/19 Pamlico Sound cold stun 7.1 lbs released 1/27/19

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#28 CC-EBF-190118-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/18/19 Buxton cold stun 52.7 lbs Died 1/23/19

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#29 CC-LLB-190120-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/20/19 Buxton cold stun 93 lbs

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#30 LKEBF19012201 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1-22-19 Buxton cold stun 5.7 lbs Died first night at STAR

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#31 CCKDA19012201 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/22/19 Frisco cold stun 77.6 lbs

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#32 LKFGW19012301 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/23/19 cold stun 4.2 lbs