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

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#22 CCLLB18100601 Ada Lovelace Adult Loggerhead 10-6-18 Hatteras Inlet Caught in ghost net 190 lbs Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#46 LKLLB18113001 Wilhelm Ostwald Juvenile Kemps Ridley 11/30/18 Frisco Cold stun 3.3 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#51 LK-JSK18121103 Andre Marie Ampere Juvenile Kemps 12/11/18 Frisco Cold Stun 3.5 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#52 LK-AMW18121201 Howard Florey Juvenile Kemps 12-11-18 Salvo cold stun 3.9 lbs Released 7/16/19 Coquina Beach

#3 LK-TAG-190111-01 Revelio Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/11/19 Buxton cold stun 11 lbs Released 3/30/19

#6 CM-LAS-190111-01 Locomotor Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Hatteras cold stun 6.8 lbs Released 3/30/19

#7 CM-FGW-090111-0 Confundo Juvenile Green 1/11/19 Avon cold stun 6.6 lbs Released 3/30/19

#11 CM-RDM-190112-01 Fawkes Juvenile Green 1/12/19 Frisco cold stun 5.4 lbs Released 7-16-49 Coquina Beach

#12 CM-BXL-190112-01 Mandrake Juvenile Green 1/12/19 Buxton cold stun 2.2 lbs Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#14 CM-LAS-190114-02 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 8.6 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#15 CM-FVP-190114-02 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Frisco cold stun 9.2 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#16 CM-LAS-190114-01 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 6.4 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#17 LK-JNW-190114-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/14/19 Paradise Bay cold stun 4.4 lbs released 3/30/19

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#19 CM-EBF-190114-01 Juvenile Green 1/14/19 Buxton cold stun 5.5 lbs Died in Rahab

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#21 CM-LAS-190115-01 Juvenile Green 1/15/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 14.3 lbs Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#22 LK-LAS-190115-02 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Sandy Bay Park cold stun 5.1 lbs Released 3/30/19

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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 Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#26 LK-RFM-190115-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Frisco cold stun 5.1 lbs Released 3/30/19

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#29 CC-LLB-190120-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/20/19 Buxton cold stun 93 lbs Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#31 CCKDA19012201 Sub Adult Loggerhead 1/22/19 Frisco cold stun 77.6 lbs Released 5-4-19 Frisco

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#33 CMEBF19032301 Kingsley Shackelbolt Juvenile Green 3-23-19 Hatteras 5.5 lbs Released 7-16-49 Coquina Beach

#34 CMBLB19050601 Pamona Sprout Juvenile Green 5/6/19 Nags Head thin, dehydrated 7 lbs Released 7-16-49 Coquina Beach

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#35 CCPKD19050901 Buckbeak Juvenile Loggerhead 5/9/19 Salvo underweight and severe epibiota 70 lbs Released 7/16/19 Coquina Beach

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#36 CCJMC19051401 Alahomora Sub Adult Loggerhead 5/14/19 Jeanette's Pier dehydrated and low blood sugar 119 lbs

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#37 CC-RAM-190609-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 6/9/19 Kitty Hawk Pier Dehydrated/underweight 43lbs

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#38 CCPWD19071201 Sub Adult Loggerhead 7-12-19 thin dehydrated suspected prop wound left side of shell 60 lbs

#39 CCMXB19072001 Neville Longbottom Sub Adult Loggerhead 7/20/19 Hooks 103 lbs

#41 CCNES19081201 Nearly Headless Nick Adult Loggerhead 8/12/19 Buxton Hooked 220 lbs