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

The N.E.S.T. hotline gets a call in the middle of the night.  A turtle is nesting on the 4 wheel drive beach.  Immediately a call goes out for volunteers to  protect her while she is nesting on the beach.  Unfortunately this nest is too close to the water line.  To avoid losing the nest from excessive washover by rising tides, the team decides to relocate the nest to safer ground.

The response team quickly finds the egg chamber and transfers the eggs to egg cartons (of course).  Half the team gets measurements on the width and depth of the original nest.  The other half of the team begins constructing an exact replica of the nest created by this Loggerhead sea turtle only closer to the dune.

Eggs to be relocated

Because it is the middle of the night, this response team is working by flashlights making the job a bit more difficult.  Below the team is gently placing the eggs into their new nest site.  The eggs will be put into the nest in the same basic order as mom laid them in the original nest.  First ones out of the original nest will be the last ones in on the new nest.  Leaving them on top just as mom laid them.

Working to relocate the nest to safer ground


Placing eggs in the newly created nest site

The team finishes by covering up the eggs and protecting the nest site.  Because this nest is on a beach with traffic we add extra measures.  We use longer stakes with reflective tape to mark the nest site.  It gives cars plenty of warning to avoid the nest area.

Final nest site with extra posts

With the nest relocated and protected, our happy response team can head home for an hour of sleep before the new day dawns.

Nest 17 response team


  • nest number: 17
  • town: Carova
  • date eggs laid: 06/29/2022
  • actual emergence date: 9/1/2022
  • live hatchlings: 44
  • total eggs: 92

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