ATV rider Kyle D finds the first Kitty Hawk nest riding another ATV donated to NEST by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Thank you OBCF!

On this beautiful day, a mother turtle finally picked Kitty Hawk to lay her eggs. She was a small turtle so there is a chance she may have been a Kemps ridley but for now she goes down as a loggerhead, the most common nesting turtle in our area. Kemps and loggerheads both have alternating crawls where they put one flipper ahead of the other while walking on the sand. Their crawls can be tough to tell apart except for size as Kemps are the smallest sea turtles in the world. We will have to wait for the DNA collected on the nest to come back to be 100% certain!

Peggy C finds the eggs!

This nest was one of two laid today!


  • nest number: 17
  • town: Kitty Hawk
  • date eggs laid: 07/15/2020
  • actual emergence date: 9/2/2020
  • live hatchlings: 140
  • total eggs: 157

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