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

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Jet Juvenile Loggerhead 11-11-17 transfered from Virginia Beach Aquarium Cold Stun 92 Released 2-3-18

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Jekyl Juvenile Loggerhead 11-13-17 from Virginia Beach Aquarium Cold Stun 92 lbs Released 3-10-18

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#58 CC-CAC-17-12-03-01 Eugenia Adult Loggerhead 12-03-17 Rodanthe Shark Attack 168 lbs transferred to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital

#65 CM-PKD-171213-01 Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/13/17 cold stunned 6 lbs Released 3-28-18

#117 CM-ARC-171215-02 Thomas Edison Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/15/17 cold stunned 7.9 lbs Released 3-10-18

#166 CM-TAG-17122803 Nicholas Capenicus Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 6.4 lbs Released 3-10-18

#179 LK-FGW-17122802 Lone Nielson Juvenile Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 3.9 lbs Released 3-10-18

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

#188 CM-RJT-171228-02 Jacques Cousteau Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 6.4 lbs Released 3-10-18

#191 CM-LAS-171229-07 Ronald Fisher Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 6.8 lbs Released 3-10-18

#196 CM-FGW-171228-11 James Cameron Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/28/17 cold stunned 6.2 lbs Released 3-10-18

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

#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

#205 CM-FGW-171229-01 Angel Alcala Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 13 lbs Released 3-10-18

#207 CM-FGW-171229-02 Allister Hardy Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 5.2 lbs Released 3-10-18

#209 CM-MDS-171229-01 Roger Payne Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 6.4 lbs Released 3-10-18

#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

#214 LK-KLC-171229-05 Edwin Hubble Sub Adult Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 27.8 lbs Released 3-10-18

#218 CM-KLC-171229-02 Anton Dohm Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 11.4 lbs Released 3-28-18

#220 CM-KLC-171229-04 Robert Ballard Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/29/17 cold stunned 12.8 lbs Released 3-28-18

#223 CM-FGW-171230-01 Alexander Fleming Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/30/17 cold stunned 10.6 lbs Released 3-10-18

#225 CM-FGW-171230-02 Oswald Avery Juvenile Green Hattteras Island 12/30/17 cold stunned 4.6 lbs Released 3-10-18

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

#232 CM-LLB-171230-01 Ansel Adams Juvenile Green Hatteras Island 12/30/17 cold stunned 15 lbs Released 3-28-18

#233 LK-EBF-171230-01 Nancy Knowles Juvenile Kemps Ridley Hatteras Island 12/30/17 cold stunned 4.1 lbs Released 4-25-18

#01 CC-JNW-180112-01 Rachel Carson Sub Adult Loggerhead Hatteras island 1/12/18 139.8 lbs Released 4-25-18

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

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

#4 CM-WPT-180201-03 Johannes Kepler Juvenile Green 2/1/18 Frisco Cold Stun 4.2 lbs Released 3-10-18

#5 CM-WPT-180201-02 Nikola Tesla Juvenile Green 2/01/18 Frisco Cold Stun 6.3 lbs Released 3-10-18

#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

#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

#11 CM-WPT-180202-01 Pliny the Elder Juvenile Green 2/2/18 Buxton Cold Stun 7.9 lbs Released 3-28-18

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

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

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

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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