The NEST hotline received a call this afternoon (October 17, 2017) from a couple from Ohio (our thanks to Jim and Diana from Degraff, OH who called) who stated that there were baby turtles crawling all over the beach. Question #1–Do the turtles have claws … Answer, no they do not. Question #2–Does it appear that the turtles can draw their head and flippers into their shell … Answer, no they cannot. They MUST be sea turtles.

Upon arrival the NEST response team was met with sea turtles all over the beach and because of it being daylight the sea gulls were doing their best to make the little loggers their meal.

The sea turtle nest

Perhaps becauseof the daylight, most of the little loggers were headed everywhere but the ocean and immediate action was taken to keep the sea gulls away and get the loggers headed in the correct direction.

The little loggers finally on their way to their life’s journey


The nest area was marked off


Surprise nest #20 may yield more little loggers

EXCAVATION 10/20/2017

The excavation of surprise nest 20 was held at dusk on October 20, 2017. Participating NESTers and visitors had another surprise. 35 live little loggers.

Awaiting any surprise live turtles in the next excavation


Dave of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue assists with the excavation


Jeanette and Gail excavating


Karen NCWRC biologist and supervisor Benji talk turtles

Karen, Rick and Jeanette finding more than anyone though that they would


All left the site without a trace, but there were lots and lots of smiling faces.

  • nest number: 20
  • town: KDH -- Surprise nest #2
  • begin monitoring: 10/17/2017
  • actual emergence date: October 17, 2017
  • live hatchlings: 111
  • total eggs: 134

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