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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Number 54 Rowdy Juvenile Kemps Ridley 5-16-17 transfered from Virginia Beach Aquarium Boat strike 25 lbs

#183 CM-LAS-171228-05 Florence Nightingale Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 4.6 lbs Released 4-25-18

#198 CM-LAS-171228-08 Rosalind Franklin Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 6.3 lbs Released 6-20-18

#199 CM-FGW-171228-09 Elizabeth Blackwell Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 5.2 lbs Released 4-25-18

#200 CC-FGW-171228-08 Neil deGrasse Tyson Sub Adult Loggerhead Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 73.6 lbs Released 4-25-18

#204 LK-FVP-171229-01 Galileo Galiei Juvenile Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 3.6 lbs Released 6-20-18

#210 LK-LAS-171229-01 Leonardo DaVinci Sub Adult Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 26.5 lbs Released 4-25-18

#213 CC-LAS-171229-02 Sub Adult Loggerhead Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 89.5 lbs Released 4-25-18

#228 CM-LLB-171230-02 Ernest Rutherford Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/30/17 cold stunned 8.6 lbs Released 6-20-18

#01 CC-JNW-180112-01 Rachel Carson Sub Adult Loggerhead Hatteras island 1/12/18 139.8 lbs Released 6-20-18

#02 LK-CAC-180113-01 Jacques Piccard Juvenile Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 1/13/18 cold stunned 5.2 lbs Released 6-20-18

#3 CM-WPT-180201-04 Enrico Fermi Juvenile Green 2/1/2018 Frisco Cold Stun 4.6 lbs Released 4-25-18

#6 LK-WPT-180201-01 Clarence Birdseye Juvenile Kemps Ridley 2/1/18 Buxton Cold Stun 6.6 lbs Released 4-25-18

#7 LK-FGW-180201-01 Harriet Quimby Juvenile Kemps Ridley 2/1/18 Frisco Cold Stun 4.4 lbs Released 6-20-18

#8 CC-WPT-180202-03 Wilbur Wright Juvenile Loggerhead 2/2/18 Buxton Cold Stun 48.5 lbs Released 4-25-18

#9 CC-WPT-180202-04 Orville Wright Juvenile Loggerhead 2/2/18 Buxton Cold Stun 69.5 lbs Released 4-25-18

#10 CM-WPT-180202-02 Alessandro Volta Juvenile Green 2/2/18 Buxton Cold Stun 7.7 lbs Released 4-25-18

#12 CM-FGW-180204-01 Bill Nye Juvenile Green 2/4/18 Frisco Cold Stun 6.2 lbs Released 6-20-18

#13 CM-FGW18030601 Ivan Pavlov Juvenile Green 3-6-18 Frisco Cold Stun - heavy epibiota Released 6-20-18

#14 CM-FGW18030602 Jean Piaget Juvenile Green 3-6-18 Hatteras Cold Stun - heavy epibiota Released 6-20-18

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#15 CC-JMA18032101 Robert Oppenheimer Adult Loggerhead 3-21-18 Cape lookout Cold Stun 272 lbs Released 4-25-18

#16 CM-SSB180513-01 Aldo Leopold Juvenile Green 4-25-18 S Core Banks, NC Cold Stun 6.2 lbs

#17 CM-EFC180425-01 Anders Celcius Juvenile Green 4-25-18 Atlantic Beach, NC Cold Stun 12.1 lbs

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#18 CC-WPT180513-01 Alexander Graham Bell Juvenile Loggerhead 5-13-18 Rodanthe head trauma/injury 61 lbs

#19 Jonas Salk Juvenile Green 8/1/18 South Core Banks, NC transfer from PKS Head wound and injury to Rt eye 4lbs