Rescue & Rehab

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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#20-185 CC-AEB-200805-01 Golden Grahams Loggerhead 8/05/2020 Upper respiratory infection, found floating; not swallowing well needs to be force fed 44 kg Died 1/28/2021

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#20-188 CC-WPT-201204-01 Count Chocula juvenile loggerhead 12/04/2020 - Canadian Hole Buxton injured eyes and weak 34.4 kg

#20-189 LK-WPT-201209-02 Kemps Ridley 12/9/2020 Canadian Hole - Buxton cold stun 1.5 kg died

#20-190 CM-WPT-201209-03 Frosted Flakes Juvenile Green 12/9/2020 Buxton cold stun 1.7 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-191 CM-GAG-201209-01 Juvenile Green 12/9/2020 Avon cold stun 4.1 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-192 CM-CNW-201209-01 Reese’s Puff Juvenile Green 12/9/2020 Buxton cold stun 1.55 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-193 FGW-01 CM-KLC-201210-01 Raisin Bran Juvenile Green 12/10/2020 cold stun 3 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-194 KES-02 CM-KLC-201219-01 Cracklin Oats Juvenile Green 12/19/2020 Hatteras cold stun. right front flipper has a open wound wrapping around at insert, no obvious fishing line embedded in wound 50 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-195 CNW-01 CM-KLC-201219-02 Caramel Crunchfuls Juvenile Green 12/19/2020 cold stun 4.41 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-196 FGW-01 CM-KLC-201226-01 Avalanche Swiss Juvenile Green 12/26/2020 Frisco cold stun 3.85 Transferred to NCAPKS for continued rehab and then released 1/22/2021

#20-197 LGV-01 CM-KLC-201226-02 Crazy Cow Juvenile Green 12/26/2020 Avon cold stun 4.15 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-198 JXR-01 CM-KLC-201226-03 Clusters Juvenile Green 12/26/2020 Frisco cold stun 3.65 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-199 CM-KLC-201227-01 Oat Cluster Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 Hatteras cold stun 3 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-200 JNW-01 CM-KLC-201227-02 Fiber One Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 Frisco cold stun 3.15 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-201 LXH-01 CM-KLC-201227-03 JIF Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 cold stun 4.4 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-202 FGW-01 CM-KLC-201227-04 Rice Chex Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 Buxton cold stun 3.4 kg Transferred to NCA PKS and Released 1/22/2021

#20-203 FGW-01 LK-KLC-201227-05 Banana Nut Juvenile Kemps Ridely 12/27/2020 Hatteras cold stun 4.15 kg Transferred to NCA PKS and released 1/22/2021

#20-204 RDM-01 CM-KLC-201227-06 Mini Buns Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 cold stun 6.6 kg 1/11/2021USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-205 CM-KLC-201227-08 Corn Pops Juvenile Green 12/27/2020 Hatteras cold stun 3.25 kg 1/11/2021 USCG Fort Macon released offshore

#20-206 RXF-01 CM-KLC-201227-07 Poptart Crunch Juvenile Green 12/28/2020 Ocracoke cold stun 3.95 kg 12/31/2020 died

#20-207 CM-ART-201230-01 Multigrain Juvenile Green 12/30/2020 Ocracoke cold stun 8.55 kg Transferred to NCA PKS and released 1/22/2021

#21-01 CM-CNW-210107-01 Abba Zaba Juvenile Green 1/7/2021 Avon cold stun 4.55 kg

#21-02 LK-FGW-210107-01 Reese’s Pieces Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/7/2021 Frisco cold stun 2.05 Kg

#21-03 CM-FGW-210108-01 Bit O Honey Juvenile Green 1/8/2021 Ocracoke cold stun - previous STAR patient 6.45 kg

#21-04 JSR-01 LK-KLC-210109-01 Atomic Fireball Juvenile kemps Ridley 1/9/2021 Frisco cold stun 4.25 kg

#21-05 ART-01 CM-KLC-210113-01 Fun Dip Juvenile Green 1/13/2021 Ocracoke cold stun 4.15 kg

#21-06 GAG-01 CM-GAG-210119-01 Juvenile Green 1/19/2021 Avon cold stun 8.75 kg died 1/20/2021

#21-08 CM-LLB-210120-02 Jolly Rancher Juvenile Green 1/20/2021 Avon cold stun 6.5 kg

#21-07 CC-PKD-210120-01 Laffy Taffy Juvenile Loggerhead 1/20/2021 Rodanthe cold stun 12.55 kg

#21-09 LK-PPM-210122-01 Sour Patch Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/22/2021 Avon cold stun 3.4 kg

#21-11 CM-KLC-210124-02 Jelly Belly Juvenile green 1/24/2021 Hatteras cold stun 3.3 kg

#21-12 LK-GAG-210124-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/24/2021 Avon cold stun 1.3 kg died 1/25/21

#21-13 LK-LLB-210126-01 Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/26/2021 Frisco cold stun 2.3 kg Died 1/27/2021

#21-14 CM-FGW-210128-01 Juvenile Green 1/28/2021 Buxton cold stun 3.3 kg Died 1/29/2021

#21-15 JNW-01 CM-KLC-210129-01 Take 5 Juvenile Green 1/29/2021 Frisco cold stun 4.45 kg

#21-16 LK-FGW-210129-01 HOT TAMALES Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/29/2021 Frisco cold stun 4.45 kg

#21-17 FGW CC-KLC-210204-01 JAWBREAKER Subadult Loggerhead 2/04/21 / Frisco cold stun 48 kg

#21-18 CM-FGW-210206-01 PEEPS Juvenile Green 2/06/21 / Buxton cold stun 4 kg

#21-19 CC-KLC-210206-01 YORK PEPPERMINT Sub Adult Loggerhead 2/06/21 Pea Island cold stun 28.8 kg

#21-20 LK-LLB-210216-01 Tootsie Roll Juvenile Kemps Ridley 2/16/2021 Ramp 49 Frisco cold stun 2.87 kg