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Rescue & Rehab

Green Turtle Augie receiving treatment at STAR Center for broken front flippers
Loggerhead release
Loggerhead "Crest" looks to ocean after rehab at STAR Center

N.E.S.T. has its roots in helping injured and sick turtles. In the mid 90’s N.E.S.T. founders led by our first president Millie Overman, wanted to focus on the rehabilitation of turtles who had already beat the terrible odds of surviving those first few days and years of turtle life. They soon found that the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island had no facilities to treat injured turtles. The first injured turtles were treated in the living rooms of N.E.S.T. volunteers. Eventually, funds were secured by N.E.S.T. for a small turtle treatment facility at the aquarium. In 2014, that humble facility was replaced by the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island. NEST volunteers still help care for turtles there.

N.E.S.T. is also responsible for rescuing and transporting sick and injured sea turtles to the STAR Center. N.E.S.T. receives on its 24 hour hotline hundreds of calls a year from beachgoers reporting turtle sittings. Each of those calls is screened and then investigated by N.E.S.T. volunteers. Volunteers will then transport turtles needing treatment to the STAR Center. During winter months at times of abrupt water temperature drops, N.E.S.T. has rescued hundreds of turtles stunned by the cold water and stranded in Pamlico Sound. Many of these turtles are transported to the STAR Center. We also necropsy and collect samples from dead turtles to help researchers find out more about sea turtles.


N.E.S.T.’s work is done under and is in compliance with Endangered Species Act Permit 22ST10 and complies with all NCWRC permit requirements   

Image Name Age/Species Strand Date / Location Cause of Strand Weight Outcome

#47 2022 LKJMC22060801 Kemps Ridley 6/8/22 Sound side Salvo , Hatteras Island Crush Injury to carapace 10 kg 6/10/22 Died at STAR Center

#48 LKDXL22061601 juvenile Kemps Ridley 6/16/22 Jeanettes Pier Hook 2.75 kg Released NCARI Pier sound side 6/16/2022

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#49 CCSLR22061801 Snuffleupagus Loggerhead sub-adult Hayman Beach access KDH 6/18/2022; rescued by KDH ocean rescue unknown 47 kg

#50 CCELD22062401 sub adult loggerhead 6/24/2022 Dare County head injury taken to CMAST for exam by vets; CT and surgery followed then taken to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital for rehab 30.4 kg Taken to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hosp

CCWPT22082401 Juvenile loggerhead 8/24/22 Buxton hooked 3.05 kg Released 8/24/22 soundside pier at NCARI

#51 CCTMM22082501 Behemoth Sub adult loggerhead 8/25/22 Avon - Pamlico sound unknown 138 kg

LKJBM22090601 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 9/6/2022 Stumpy Point private pier hook and line 2.85 kg Released NCARI Soundside Pier 9/6/2022

#52 CCJNL22091501 Miss Piggy Loggerhead 9/15/22 Avon unknown 96 kg

# 53 CMMRD22091503 Bip Bipdatta Juvenile Green 9/15/22 Hyde County Gill net/entanglement 2.7 kg Released 10/21/2022 Fort Macon

CMPKD22091601 Juvenile Green 9/16/22 Nags Head hooked 4 kg Released

#55 CCPMB22092001 Slimey the Worm Juvenile Green 9/20/22 sick 34.4 kg

#56 CCSMS22100201 Doozers Loggerhead sub adult 10/01/22 Southern Shores Stranded post storm 97 kg Released 11/17/2022 Ramp 55 Hatteras

#57 CMMLD22101201 Mr Poodle Pants Juvenile green 10/12/2022 Kill Devil Hills Atlantic St hooked 2.65 kg Released 10/21/2022 Fort Macon

#58 CCBMA22102901 Elmo Juvenile loggerhead 10/29/22 Nags Head sick 22.2 kg

#59 CCPMB22103001 Rowlf Loggerhead sub adult 10/30/22 Kill Devil Hills sick 46 kg

#60 LKBMA22110801 Cookie Monster Kemps Ridley juvenile 11/8/2022 Kill Devil Hills unknown 16.2 kg 11/17/2022 Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#61 CMKJJ22110901 Twiddlebugs Juvenile green 11/9/22 Nags head unknown 2.3 kg 11/17/2022 Transferred to Pine Knoll Shores

#62 CCAMH22111001 Barkley Juvenile loggerhead Duck/Southern Shores border 11/10/22 unknown 17.8 kg 11/20/2022 Transferred to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

#63 CCNBS22111001 Meepzorp Juvenile loggerhead Avon 11/10/22 unknown 30.6 kg

#64 CCJMC22111101 Pops Juvenile loggerhead 11/11/22 Nags Head unknown 16.6 kg 11/20/2022 Transferred to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

#65 CCKLG22111101 Marvin Suggs Loggerhead sub adult 11/11/22 Carova unknown 60.6 kg 11/20/2022 Transferred to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

#66 CCNBS22111201 Link Hogthrob Juvenile loggerhead 11/12/22 North of Pea Island visitors center unknown 29.2 kg

#67 CMNMA22120501 Sal M Juvenile Green 12-5-22 Corolla beach unknown 3.2 kg