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Nags Head may not have the most nests so far this year but it certainly has the biggest!  As Bob M was on his ATV patrolling the Nags Head beach this morning he spotted this huge green nest. Congratulations Bob!

Bob found this massive green nest.

Greens are noted for wandering crawls far up on the beach profile, big body pits and big nest mounds. As you might expect they are also bigger than our typical loggerheads, 3 to 4 ft long and 300 to 350 lbs. Loggerheads come in at around 250 lbs and 3 ft long.

Bob on this trusty ATV with the nest in the background

This typical green crawl shows opposing flipper marks and a tail drag line in-between

The mother turtle crawled over her incoming tracks on her way back to the ocean obscuring one of the clues responders use to find eggs.

Gail B, team leader, in the huge body pit before the hunt for eggs begins.

The eggs in this nest were very difficult to find even for a green – crazy crawl, big disrupted mound. After all its a green!

Our illustrious president, John Cece, contemplates where to dig next.

This nest was not only huge but it was also deep, a whopping 55 cm!

A nest volunteer holds on to the digger so they don’t fall in!


The hard working Team 22 (even on July 4th!) led by the talented Gail and Ricky B


  • nest number: 22
  • town: Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 07/04/2022
  • actual emergence date: 8/22/22
  • live hatchlings: 103
  • total eggs: 115

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