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

#66 Cc-WPT-191216-01 Honey Nut Juvenile Loggerhead 12-16-2019 Salvo cold stun 47 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#6 Cm-RJT-200118-01 Franken Berry Juvenile Green 1-18-2020 Avon cold stun 5.9 kg Released 7/22/2020 Coquina Beach

#11 Cm-FGW-200120-01 Fruity Pebbles Juvenile Green 1-20-2020 Buxton cold stun 2.55 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#40 Cm-SWH-200121-04 Cap’n Crunch Juvenile Green 1-21-2020 Buxton cold stun 3.65 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#42 Lk-PES-200121-01 Boo Berry Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1-21-2020 Avon cold stun 3.3 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#51 Cm-LLB-200121-01 Coco Pebbles Juvenile green 1-21-2020 Buxton cold stun 2.8 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#59 Cm-FVP-200121-05 Alpha Bits Juvenile Green 1-21-2020 Frisco cold stun 2.2 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#90 Cm-FVP-200121-15 Colossal Crunch Juvenile Green 1-21-2020 Buxton cold stun 2.57 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#133 Cm-FGW-200122-03 Eggo Juvenile Green 1-22-2020 Hatteras cold stun 3.15 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#157 Lk-FGW-200123-05 Mini Swirlz Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1-23-2020 Ocracoke cold stun 2.25 kg Released Coquina Beach 9/2/2020

#161 Cm-RXF-200124-01 Trix Juvenile Green 1-24-2020 Ocracoke cold stun 2.3 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#170 Cm-FGW-200222-02 Special K Juvenile Green 2-22-2020 Buxton cold stun 3.15 kg Released 7/1/2020 Coquina Beach

#171 Cm-MLL-200222-02 Mini Wheats Juvenile Green 2-22-2020 Hatteras cold stun 2.95 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#172 Cm-MLL-200222-03 Crispix Juvenile green 2-22-2020 Avon cold stun 2.85 kg Released 7/1/2020 Coquina Beach

#174 Cm-LLB-200402-01 Rice Krispies Juvenile Green 4-2-2020 Hatteras unknown 3.3 kg Released 7/22/2020 Coquina Beach

#175 Cc-MLL-200426-01 Cookie Crisp Juvenile Loggerhead 4-26-2020 Duck unknown 35 kg Released 7-1-2020 Coquina Beach

#176 Cm-PKD-200430-01 Krave Juvenile green 4-30-2020 Salvo unknown 2.25 kg Released 7/22/2020 Coquina Beach

#177 Cm-LAW-200501-01 Honeycomb Juvenile Green 5-1-2020 Waves unknown 2.7 kg Released 7/1/2020 Coquina Beach

#178 Cm-FGW-200509-01 Honey Smacks Juvenile Green 5-9-2020 Buxton unknown 2.5 kg Released 10/6/2020 Coquina Beach

#179 Lk-JXR-200510-01 Maple sub adult Kemps Ridley 5-10-2020 Hatteras Entanglement 45 kg released 5/28/2020 Avon Beach

#180 CMMXB20060501 Vanilly Crunch Juvenile Green 6/5/2020 Buxton unknown - thin and dehydrated 6 kg

#182 CM-MXB-200602-01 Vanilly Crunch Juvenile Green 6/5/2020 Damage to carapace from barnacles and anemic 5 kg

#183 CC-BCG-200728-01 Smacks Loggerhead 7/28/2020 Ghost net entanglement Released 10/6/2020 Coquina Beach

#184 CC-BCG-200728-02 Toast Crunch Loggerhead 7/28/2020 Ghost net entranglement 33.6 kg

#185 CC-AEB-200805-01 Loggerhead 8/05/2020 Upper respiratory infection, found floating; not swallowing well needs to be force fed 40.8 kg

#186 – CCKFW20083001 Honey Bunches Loggerhead 8/30/200 near Nags Head Pier Anemic, low iron and hypoglycemic; traumatic amputation of rt front flipper nearly healed 77 kg