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The south end curse is broken!!  Those of us working in the southern portion of our territory were getting concerned that mother sea turtles were boycotting our beaches. Only 3 of 19 nests this year have been laid in the south. Has meant a lot of hard work for our pals in the north. Nags Head is typically the most popular nesting beach in NEST’s territory. It is truly a head scratcher as no one seems to have a good explanation. But then it is a sea turtle.

Last night a report came into the hotline that there was a turtle on the beach.  A response team went out to check things out. A green turtle was laying her nest in a great spot near the dune. The team marked the spot so it would be easier to find the eggs in the morning.

Above is the crawl of this mornings nest. You can see her tail drag in the middle of the crawl. If you look carefully you can see the crawl all the way to the ocean. The response team got up early to take this picture!!

Nest 19: green turtles throw a lot of sand to make huge nest mounds.

Team leader Peggy B digs for eggs

Eggs found!

Once the nest was located, the team installed temperature data loggers that will give us a close estimate on when the hatchlings will emerge from the nest. We expect most nests so far this year will take a bit longer than usual as it has been relatively cool.

Superstar Team 19 with team leaders Peggy and Darlene in the center

  • nest number: 19
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/01/2022
  • actual emergence date: 8/27/2022
  • live hatchlings: 90
  • total eggs: 100

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