A late in the sea turtles nesting season sea turtle nest was discovered September 1, 2017. The NEST hotline was notified and the call was put our by Karen Clark Ragsdale for a nesting response team.

The response team arrived to indeed find a tutle crawl with a defined nest pit. The rsponse team talked about strategy and soon began digging for the egg cavity.

The NEST response team talks strategy


Karen finds the DNA egg


Betsy guards the egg

Mike prepares the nest for the temperature data logger.


Karen and Betsy removed the eggs to be replaced when the temperature data logger is in the nest


Tracy from Stafford, VA loves sea turtles.


The NEST response team does their best to indicate sea turtle nest #18



The 2017 sea turtle nesting season has come to a close on the Outer Banks with the November 29  excavation of nest #18. Nest 18 was met  with the same results of nest 15, 16 and 17 that there were no hatched eggs. Nests 15, 16, 17 and 18 had temperature data loggers and it is hopeful that some data from the temperature data loggers can be used to determine when development of the eggs ceased.

There was more than a foot of overwash/blown sand covering the nest site


Nest 18 excavation in progress


The excavation team makes a egg count


107 unhatched eggs


Of the eggs opened, NC Wildlife Resource Commission Karen and Marissa determined that the sea turtles were at the latter part of stage 2 of development.


  • nest number: 18
  • town: South Nags Head
  • date eggs laid: 09/01/2017
  • begin monitoring: 10/25/2017
  • live hatchlings: Did not hatch
  • total eggs: 107

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