A record number of sea turtle hatchlings emerged from nests in one North Carolina coastal community
It was a good summer for sea turtles along the southeastern North Carolina coast.
Officials with the Oak Island Seat Turtle Protection Program say a record number of hatchlings emerged from nests there since they started keeping records, with more than 12,400 hatchlings.
Last week, the organization got permission from the state to excavate several nests that were impacted by high tides to help save any remaining hatchlings. They cleared one just as the tide washed into the nest and discovered that while there was only one hatchling track, there were 40 empty eggshells in it.
Another nest was excavated due to the high tide, and two more have been in standing water for more than a week and will be excavated later.