It is with a heavy heart we are reporting the story behind Nest #17. In the early morning hours of July 9th, a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was struck by a vehicle. She had just completed laying her nest. A deputy patrolling the beach noticed the injured turtle and called it into the N.E.S.T hotline. Several volunteers immediately responded to the scene. The turtle was transported to the STAR Center at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island to receive medical care. Unfortunately her injuries were to severe and she was humanely euthanized.
In the process of moving the sea turtle, the responding team found her newly laid nest of over 100 eggs. The team worked to protect this very precious nest. Thank you to our volunteers who cared for this beautiful Loggerhead turtle and her clutch of newly laid eggs. Our thoughts are with you on this tragic day.
N.E.S.T. wants to remind drivers to use caution when driving on the 4 x 4 beach, especially at night when sea turtles may be nesting. The nesting and hatching season runs from May through September. Protected nests have perimeters marked with reflective stakes and banners. Please follow the posted speed limits, scan the beach carefully in front of your vehicle, and give wildlife space.
- nest number: 17
- town: Swan
- date eggs laid: 07/09/2023
- actual emergence date: 09/06/2023
- live hatchlings: 89
- total eggs: 120
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