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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Fin Juvenile Kemps Ridley 11-14-14/Pea Island overwash 39.4 lbs
Cindy Lou
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Cindy Lou Adult Loggerhead 08-08-16 / Pea Island anemia 230 lbs now 247.4 lbs Released 1-21-17
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Gooey Juvenile Green 01-20-16 / Buxton cold stunned 6.6 lbs Transferred to Exhibit in Operation Sea Turtle
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Horton Juvenile Green 01-20-16 / Buxton cold stunned 8.3 lbs Released 1-21-17

Pax Juvenile Green 01-18-16 / Avon cold stunned 7.1 lbs released 8-22-16
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Stitches Juvenile Green 01-06-16 / Buxton cold stunned 7.9 lbs Died 11-6-16

Wump Juvenile Kemps Ridley transfer from PKS cold stunned 13 lbs released 8-10-16

Yosemite Juvenile Green 1-15-16 / Virginia Beach cold stunned 11.4 lbs moved to exhibits
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Yertle Juvenile Loggerhead 07-10-16 / Ocracoke pneumonia 75 lbs now 91.5 lbs

Feffer Juvenile Green 07-12-16 / Hatteras flipper laceration 6.2 lbs released 09-14-16
Cold Stuns
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10 Turtles Varied Hatteras/12-10&11-2016 Cold stun Varied
Unnamed Number 4 Juvenile/Green 12/11/16/Frisco Cold Stun 2.8 lbs.
Unnamed Number 6 Juvenile/Green 12/11/16/Frisco Cold Stun 6 lbs. Released 1-21-17
Unnamed Number 5 Juvenile/Green 12/11/16/Frisco Cold Stun 4.6 lbs Released 1-13-17
Number 7 Fox in Socks Juvenile/Green 12/11/16/Frisco Cold Stun 5.3 lbs Released 1-21-17
Lorax Number 8 Juvenile/Kemps 12/11/16/Avon Cold Stun 4.4 lbs
Number 9 Sam I Am Juvenile/Green 12/11/16/Buxton Cold Stun 6.6 lbs Released 1-13-17
Unnamed Number 10 Juvenile/Green 12/11//16/Frisco Cold Stun 2.6 lbs Released 1-21-17
Unnamed Number 11 Juvenile/Green 12/16/16/Hatteras cold stun 5.5 lbs Released 1-21-17
Number 12 Thing One Juvenile/Green 12/12/16/Buxton Cold Stun 7.7 lbs Released 1-21-17
Number 13 Thing 2 Juvenile/Green 12/16/16/Avon Cold Stun 3.3 lbs Released 1-13-17
Number 14 Cat in the Hat Juvenile/Green 12/16/16 Frisco Cold Stun 7.2 Released 1-21-17
Unnamed Number 15 Juvenile/Green 12/20/16/Ocracoke Cold Stun 5.7 Released 1-13-17
Izzy Juvenile Green 11-08-16 / Frisco Head Trauma 7.3 lbs
Mrs Kwan
Mrs. Kwan Juvenile Green 9-29-16 / Neuse River Lethargic 28.6 lbs Released 3-6-17
Foona Number 1 Juvenile Green 12-10-16 / Frisco Cold Stun 8.6 lbs Released 1-21-17
Grinch Number 2 Juvenile Green 12-10-16 / Hatteras Cold Stun 6.4 lbs Released 1-13-17
Sneedle Number 3 Juvenile Loggerhead 12-10-16 / Avon Cold Stun 67.6 lbs
turtle 16 Rudy
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Number 16 Rudy Juvenile Kemps Ridley 12/31/16 Hatteras Cold Stun 7.7 lbs Released 3-6-17
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Number 17 Otto Juvenile Kemps Ridley 1/01/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 4.8 lbs

Unnamed 18 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun Died

Unnamed 19 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun Died

Unnamed 20 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun Died
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Unnamed 21 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 11 lbs Released 2-4-17
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Unnamed 22 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Buxton Cold Stun 8.1 lbs Released 3-6-17
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Unnamed 23 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 7.7 lbs
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Unnamed 24 Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 8.5 lbs
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Unnamed 25 Nizzards Juvenile Green 1/08/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 8.3 lbs Released 3-6-17
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Unnamed 26 Juvenile Green 1/09/17 Hatteras Cold Stun 6.6 lbs Released 2-4-17
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Number 27 King Louie Juvenile Loggerhead 1/10/17 Ocracoke Cold Stun 7.7 lbs

Unnamed 28 Juvenile Green 1/17/17 head injury Died
29 Sir Snipps
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Number 29 Sir Snapps Juvenile Loggerhead 1/31/17 Frisco Floating Cold Stunned 50 lbs
30 Joey
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Number 30 Joey Juvenile Green 2/4/17 Cold Stun 11.5 lbs
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Number 31 Thidwick Juvenile Green 2/17/17 Frisco Cold Stun 7 lbs