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

#16 CM-SSB180513-01 Aldo Leopold Juvenile Green 4-25-18 S Core Banks, NC Cold Stun 6.2 lbs sent to Pine Knoll Shores for release

#17 CM-EFC180425-01 Anders Celcius Juvenile Green 4-25-18 Atlantic Beach, NC Cold Stun 12.1 lbs sent to Pine Knoll Shores for release

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

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#21 CMDME18100401 Francis Crick Juvenile Green 10-4-18 Pamilico Sound Caught in gill net and water in lungs 8 lbs

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#22 CCLLB18100601 Ada Lovelace Adult Loggerhead 10-6-18 Hatteras Inlet Caught in ghost net 190 lbs

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#34 CCLMP2018110901 BF Skinner Juvenile Loggerhead 11-9-18 south of Avalon pier unknown 60 lbs

#23 LKAEJ2018102601 Werner Heisenburg Juvenile Kemps 10-26-18 Nags Head buoyancy issues and abrasions 5 lbs

#24 CCWPT18110101 Franz Boa juvenile loggerhead 11-1-18 Avon washed up during high tide 119 lbs

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#25 Henry Cavendish Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10/23/18 Massachusetts Cold stun 3.6 lbs

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#26 Michael Faraday Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stun 3.4 lbs

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#27 Niels Bohr Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-25-18 Massachusetts Cold stun 3.1 lbs

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#28 Antoine Lavoistier Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 4.1 lbs

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#29 Virginia Apgar Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 4.1 lbs

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#30 Emil Adolf Behring Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 3.7 lbs

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#31 Noam Chomsky Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 5.6 lbs

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#32 Louis Pasteur Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Nags Head cold stunned 2.8 lbs.

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#33 Dian Fossey Juvenile Kemps Ridley 10-26-18 Massachusetts cold stunned 2.6 lbs