Tag: nesting

06

Oct2016

Here We Go Again!

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October 6, 2016
As every year before, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed two more sea turtle hatchlings to our family this past summer. These hatchlings will serve as the upcoming year’s sea turtle ambassadors once our yearlings are released into the ocean.The hatchlings came from a loggerhead sea turtle nest located ... Read More

08

Sep2016

Welcome Back!

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September 8, 2016
Welcome back to another school year with Sea Turtle Exploration. Over the summer, our sea turtle hatchlings turned into yearlings. They have continued to grow with the supervision of staff and veterinarian care. Soon, they will be released into the ocean and our new sea turtle hatchlings born from ... Read More

19

May2016
When sea turtles crawl onto land to lay their eggs, they appear as though they are crying, shedding tears from their eyes. Legend has it that these mother turtles are crying for their unborn young. Actually, these turtles aren’t sad and they aren’t crying. Their bodies are simply shedding excess ... Read More

12

May2016

Terrapin Tally

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May 12, 2016
This week we are interviewing Sarah, a local Biologist that works with sea turtles and terrapins.Q: What is your job title and some duties that you do?A: My name is Sarah and I am the Coastal Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Wildlife Resources Commission. My main duty is to serve as ... Read More

28

Apr2016

Sand Dunes, Dude!

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April 28, 2016
Have you ever seen a sign at the beach that read “KEEP OFF DUNES”? Dunes are hills of sand protecting the inland from harsh wind and salty water when tides, floods, or storms occur. These natural buffers not only protect people living on the coast, but provide an important habitat ... Read More

11

Feb2016

Turtle Treks

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February 11, 2016
One of the many questions we are asked often about sea turtles is how do the females know to come back to the same beach area to make their nests? The ocean is so big and sea turtles can spend twenty or so years swimming in it before reaching maturity ... Read More

21

Jan2016

New Nesters

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January 21, 2016
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our first 2016 blog post features exciting news off the North Carolina coast recently discovered from this past summer’s nesting season. If you remember, last summer we had a record-breaking nesting season. There were 1,296 reported sea turtle nests. Two of those ... Read More

12

Nov2015

Egg-celent Research

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November 12, 2015
We know how many sea turtle nests are laid each year and on which beaches. But do you ever wonder how many of those nests were laid by the same mother turtle? Luckily, there are scientists doing research to find out. Sea turtle groups in North Carolina, along with South ... Read More

01

Oct2015

Nesting Numbers

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October 1, 2015
Nesting season is coming to a close, but not without record nesting numbers! Take a look at last summer’s nests compared with this past summer’s nests on the beaches near the Aquarium:In fact, Fort Fisher had 33 more nests than its previous high record back in 2012. High sea turtle ... Read More

10

Sep2015
This week we are interviewing Jessica, a teen volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, about her experience traveling to Costa Rica to study nesting leatherback sea turtles.Q: What is your past experience with sea turtles?A: My experience with sea turtles began in the fourth grade with a school ... Read More

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