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 Coast Guard Released to Gulf Stream 9/28/19

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

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#24 LK-MLB-190115-01 Sub Adult Kemps Ridley 1/15/19 Ocracoke cold stun 42.1 released 10-14-19

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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 Released 11/4/19 at Coquina Beach

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#37 CC-RAM-190609-01 Sub Adult Loggerhead 6/9/19 Kitty Hawk Pier Dehydrated/underweight 43lbs Died 7/16/19

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#38 CCPWD19071201 Sub Adult Loggerhead 7-12-19 thin dehydrated suspected prop wound left side of shell 60 lbs Died 11/1/19 at STAR

#39 CCMXB19072001 Neville Longbottom Sub Adult Loggerhead 7/20/19 Hooks 103 lbs released 10-14-19

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#41 CCNES19081201 Nearly Headless Nick Adult Loggerhead 8/12/19 Buxton Hooked 220 lbs Went to Raleigh for surgery by private vet now at STAR

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#42 CMWPT19083001 Nymphadora Tonks Juvenile Green Hatteras 8/13/19 unknown - thin 4.8 lbs released 10-14-19

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#43 LKLSV19090701 Dobby Juvenile Kemps Ridley 9/7/19 Hatteras bouyant - stranded day after Dorian 6.2 lbs Taken to Pine Knoll Shores to investigate buoyancy problem

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#44 CCBMA19102001 Loggerhead 10/20/19 Manteo respiratory infection 196 lbs Died 11/17/19

#45 CCKLC19111401 Loggerhead 11-14-19 Corolla unknown 50 kg

#46 CCRMJ19111801 Hermione Granger Juvenile Green 11/17/19 Whalebone Junction Nags Head near Comfort Inn unknown 3.36 kg

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#47 CCTJB19111801 Loggerhead 11/18/19 Kitty Hawk near Black Pelican Carapace break 30 kg Euthanized due to injuries 11/18/19

#48 CMKFW19111901 Juvenile Green 11/19/19 Kitty Hawk Injury under both front flippers at joints in shoulder area near carapace. Scrapes on head. 3.2 kg Died 11/20/19

#49 CMBMA19111901 Juvenile Green 11/19/19 Nags Head Broken left front flipper barely attached at junction with carapace. Right flipper bloody at joint. 2.46 kg Died 11/20/19

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#50 CCNBS19112501 Sirius Black Sub Adult Loggerhead 11/25/19 18 miles south of Haulover Day Use area String ray barb sideways in mouth 46 kg

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#51 CCPKD19112701 Bellatrix Lestrange Sub Adult Loggerhead 11/27/19 Hatteras Island cold stun 25 kg

#52 CCWPT19120301 Sub Adult Loggerhead 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 40 kg

#53 CMWPT19120302 Juvenile Green 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 2.6 kg

#54 CMWPT10120304 Juvenile Green 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 2.9 kg

#55 LKOAB19120301 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 12/3/19 Frisco cold stun 2.1 kg

#56 CMFGW19120302 Juvenile Green 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 2.8 kg

#57 CMFGW19120301 Juvenile Green 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 3.1 kg

#58 CCFGW19120303 Sub Adult Loggerhead 12/3/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 66 kg

#59 CMFVP19120401 juvenile green 12/4/19 Buxton cold stun 2 kg

#60 CMAMH19120601 juvenile green 12/6/19 Rodanthe cold stun 2.4 kg

#61 CMAMH19120602 Juvenile green 12/6/19 Rodanthe cold stun 2.6 kg

#62 CMFGW19120601 Juvenile green 12/6/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 2.35 kg

#63 CMFGW19120602 Juvenile green 12/6/19 Canadian Hole cold stun 2.15 kg