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Sea turtle nests in Emerald Isle approaching total number seen last season

All twelve nests in Emerald Isle have been laid by loggerhead sea turtles.
Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol
All twelve nests in Emerald Isle have been laid by loggerhead sea turtles.

Another sea turtle nest was discovered Monday morning in Emerald Isle -- the twelfth of the season and nearing last year’s total of fifteen.

All twelve nests have been laid by loggerhead sea turtles.

Nesting and hatching season runs from May 1 to November 15.

Sea turtles are protected in North Carolina, and tampering with them or their nests can result in fines up to $50,000 and a year in jail.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.