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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2010-06-26 00:00:00
Release Location: Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Last Location: 2010-10-18 02:51:39
Mrs. Humphrey's Class
Volunteers of PKS Aquarium
The town of Atlantic Beach, NC, is located on the eastern end of Bogue Banks, a barrier island in Carteret County. Since 2002, volunteers and the town's Public Works department have collaborated in monitoring and protecting nests laid on the beach, and protecting hatchlings produced on the beach. Because Atlantic Beach is a popular destination with beach tourists, nesting females are fairly frequently reported to local volunteers. On the night of 25/26 June, a beach visitor called the local police department and reported a nesting female loggerhead near the public access point where the Triple S Pier used to be. The police responded and found the turtle, at which point they called Wendy Cluse of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, who subsequently called several other volunteers. The animal had just finished covering her nest and was headed back to sea when the satellite tag and tagging equipment arrived, so the team was able to start immediately preparing her carapace for tag attachment. The team used to broom-handles, placed in the sand at the turtles shoulders, to keep the animal from moving down the beach. With the help of volunteers, tourists and even a pet dog (on a leash), the tag was attached and the turtle sent on her way in 90 minutes or so. The date of tagging is considered the middle of nesting season for loggerheads in NC, so we expect her to lay a few more clutches before departing on her post-nesting migration.