Network for Endangered Sea Turtles 24 HR. HOTLINE 252-441-8622

It is always very exciting to hear a turtle is on the beach nesting.  Which is what happened with Nest #13 in Swan on the 4 wheel drive beach.  Because she was nesting as the sun came up, she attracted quite a bit of attention from the traffic passing by.  Sea Turtles spend their life in the ocean. In fact the female sea turtles are the only ones who will briefly come ashore to lay their eggs.

Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle on the beach

An adult sea turtle is pretty hefty weighing 150 to 350 pounds.  It takes a lot of energy to pull themselves up the beach with flippers, dig a hole, lay their eggs and then head back to the ocean.  Think how scary it must be to come onto a beach with cars going by, and people following them.  They don’t generally interact with the human species in their ocean environment.  So please, if you ever see a sea turtle on the beach, give her lots of space to complete her task of laying a nest and a clear path to and from the ocean.  You can call our N.E.S.T. hotline 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week to report a turtle on the beach at 252-441-8622.  We will send out volunteers to investigate and protect the turtle as she makes her journey to reproduce.


  • nest number: 13
  • town: Swan
  • date eggs laid: 06/24/2022
  • actual emergence date: 8/22/22
  • live hatchlings: 99
  • total eggs: 106

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