Tag: nesting

hurricane florence

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Nov2018
During the late summer and early fall, people flock to the beach to vacation and take advantage of seasonally warm ocean temperatures. However, those water temperatures also help create conditions to fuel destructive hurricanes.Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year, coinciding with sea turtle nesting season. ... Read More
November 6, 2018Gail Lemiec

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Apr2018
We have known for a while that our climate is changing and people influence it. What we do not know for certain is how species will react to the changing climate. This has been the focus of many recent research studies and scientists are starting to put together trends. Sea ... Read More
April 18, 2018Gail Lemiec
Loggerhead Hatchling Transfer SQ-1

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Sep2017
Hello Everyone and Welcome Back! Waving a fond farewell to summer and with a hint of fall in the morning air, another school year begins. As you sharpen those No. 2 pencils, it may be difficult to believe sea turtle hatchlings are still making their way out of nests on the ... Read More
September 28, 2017Gail Lemiec
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06

Oct2016

Here We Go Again!

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
October 6, 2016Casey Radley
2016SeaTurle (003)

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Sep2016

Welcome Back!

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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 this ... Read More
September 8, 2016Casey Radley

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
May 19, 2016Casey Radley
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May2016

Terrapin Tally

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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 the Sea ... Read More
May 12, 2016Casey Radley

28

Apr2016

Sand Dunes, Dude!

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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
April 28, 2016Casey Radley

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Feb2016

Turtle Treks

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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
February 11, 2016Casey Radley

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Jan2016

New Nesters

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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 nests were ... Read More
January 21, 2016Casey Radley