A Loggerhead sea turtle nest was found by Billy this a.m. This nest was laid in the beach area of Kill Devil Hills which is currently experiencing beach nourishment so the nest had to be relocated out of harm’s way.

Billy savors his sea turtle nest find

Billy savors his sea turtle nest find.

Job one was finding the egg chamber and after marking off the area the dig began

Jeanette (left) discovers the eggs as Holly confirms the SPOT

Jeanette (left) discovers the eggs as Holly confirms the SPOT

The nest eggs were carefully removed from the nest  and placed in the relocation kit (egg cartons and a cooler) for relocation.

the egg relocation crew

the egg relocation crew with young visitors helping the team

Julien, P.E., Coastal Engineer from CB&I conducting the beach nourishment operations on the Outer Banks and Ricky, veteran NEST response team member  were present to review the nest relocation operation.

Ricky (left) and Julien seemed with the relocation process.

Ricky (left) and Julien seemed pleased with the relocation process.

The sea turtle eggs were moved to the relocation site and a new nest was made replicating the original nest. The eggs were placed in the new nest and the team finished enclosing the area.

hot and humid, but the response team completed their task at the new nest 8 site.

hot and humid, but the response team completed their task at the new nest 8 site.

  • nest number: 08
  • town: Kill Devil Hills
  • date eggs laid: 07/06/2017
  • begin monitoring: 08/29/2017
  • actual emergence date: 8/26/2017
  • live hatchlings: 98
  • total eggs: 117

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