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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.

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

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#28 CMKLC21111001 Sweetarts Juvenile Green 11/10/21 Corolla old head wound but otherwise unknown 3.65 kg Released 6-2-2022 Sound side pier at Aquarium in Manteo

#36 2022 CMART22012405 Clementine Juvenile Green 1/24/22 Ocracoke Cold stun 3.3 kg Released 3/23/22 Hatteras Ramp 55

#37 – 2022 CMART22012401 Telly Monster Juvenile Green 1/24/22 Ocracoke Ramp 72 Cold stun 3.6 kg Released 3/23/22 Ramp 55 Hatteras

#38 – 2022 CMART22012402 Count Von Count Juvenile Green 1/24/22 Ocracoke Cold stun 6.7 kg 4/14/22 Released Hatteras Ramp 55

#40 – 2022 CMRAF22012701 Ernie Juvenile Green 1/27/2022 Ocracoke Pamlico Shores Rd Cold stun 4.9 kg Released 4/14/22 Ramp 55 Hatteras

#41 – 2022 CCCAG22012701 Fozzie Sub adult loggerhead 1/27/2022 Avon Cold stun 44.2 kg Released 3/23/22 Hatteras Ramp 55

#43 – 2022 LKJSM012802 Animal Juvenile Kemps 1/28/2022 Ocracoke Ramp 72 Cold stun 2.05 kg Released 4/14/22 Ramp 55 Hatteras

#44 – 2022 CCJSM22020701 Gorgs subadult loggerhead 2/7/22 4 miles south of Ramp 72 Ocracoke Cold stun 21.5 Kg Released 3/23/22 Ramp 55 Hatteras

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#45 CM-NBS-22040601 Gonzo Juvenile Green 4/6/2022 Buxton thin dehydrated 1.8 kg

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#46 CM-AKK22041001 Smorz Juvenile Green 4/10/22 Ramp 55 Hatteras unknown 5.65 kg Released 6/14/22 NCARI Pier Manteo

#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 Loggerhead sub-adult Hayman Beach access KDH 6/18/2022; rescued by KDH ocean rescue unknown 41.4 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