Green sea turtle hatchlings make it to the ocean

Published 6:56 am Saturday, November 23, 2019

A visitor to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore alerted Seashore staff to sea turtle hatchlings on the beach Friday afternoon, November 22.

Thanks to the visitor’s phone call, a Seashore Facebook post states that staff were able to ensure that seven green sea turtle hatchlings made it safely to the ocean. After a little tracking, staff then discovered the nesting cavity at the top of a dune, located around a half mile south of Ramp 38. Another 97 green sea turtle hatchlings were recovered and safely released.

The discovery of the nest brings this year’s total number of nests on the Seashore to 473. The previous record was 325 nests.

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