One of our hard working N.E.S.T. hotline operators got two calls about sea turtles being spotted on the beach late last night. Turned out it was the same turtle! At 9:56 pm Nancy got a call from a woman, who from her balcony, could see a group of visitors on the the beach with flashlights watching a sea turtle. The turtle was headed to the ocean at what seemed to be a pretty good clip. After all, sea turtles are used to the peace of the ocean and can be spooked by bright lights and beach activity. At 2:04 am Nancy got another call, this time from a man who was making his way down the steps of a beach access, who had spotted a big turtle headed to the ocean.
Nancy send a text message to today’s Nags Head ATV rider, Lynn P, after each call to alert her to the sightings. Sure enough on her ride this morning Lynn found the nest and the aborted crawl on the beach. After looking at the crawls Lynn could tell the crawls were both made by green sea turtles. We have so few greens on the OBX, it meant that the crawls were very likely to have been made by the same turtle.
- nest number: 25
- town: Nags Head
- date eggs laid: 08/06/2021
- actual emergence date: 10/7/2021
- live hatchlings: 43
- total eggs: 61
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