Well it looks like mother sea turtles still think Nags Head is the place to go. Nest 20 is the 8th nest there this year and Nags Head claims nearly all of the nests on the south end of our territory. Someone please talk to the turtle gods and ask that mothers occasionally travel just a few miles north. Folks up there would like some of the fun!

Jim S found his first nest of the year! Congratulations Jim.

Kathy and Mike W, one of our expert two person response teams, were called by the hotline in the wee hours of this morning to investigate the site. They quickly found the egg chamber and installed the temperature dataloggers.

Mike W locates the eggs

DNA sample was collected and other measurements made. The nest is roped off and protected until the hatchlings emerge about 2 months from now!  Thanks to all of our great volunteers!!!


Mike W after a hot morning on the beach responding to the call on Nest 20. Photo by Kathy W

  • nest number: 20
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/17/2020
  • actual emergence date: unknown due to overwash
  • live hatchlings: 36
  • total eggs: 143

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