Record-breaking sea turtle nest found on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

By on December 4, 2023

Sea turtle tracks coming up the beach and zig-zagging through the sand, a bodypit or “fluffy” sand pile from the turtle covering her eggs on the bottom right, and then her final tracks returning to the ocean. (Photo credit NPS/M. Baker)

Around noon on Monday, Dec. 4, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) posted this report and these photos on its Facebook page. The big news is that it marks the discovery of the latest laid sea turtle nest ever found in North Carolina—and by more than a month.

Here is the information.

On the morning of Dec. 3, a Green Sea Turtle nest was found by park biologists.

This is a rare occurrence as it’s the latest laid sea turtle nest found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Not only that, but it’s also the latest nest ever recorded for the state of North Carolina. The previous late nesting record for the Seashore and the state occurred October 31, 2020.

By looking at her crawl patterns, this Green Sea Turtle crawled erratically before deciding where to lay her eggs. We aren’t the only ones that have been enjoying this mild weather in December.

This image shows the eggs laid at the top of the nest. (Photo credit NPS/M. Baker)</center?


In October, Outer Banks Forever, the nonprofit that supports the Outer Banks Group of National Parks, released this ‘Sea Turtle Scoop’ documenting the 2023 sea turtle season on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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  • Glenn

    This is super cool! I love turtles, but turtles hate trash, so let’s get cleaning up folks!

    I hope the little ones make it, I hate super sad things 🙁

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 12:48 pm
  • Laura Cheek

    Will the egg’s be be taken to incubate since the water is getting colder or left to nature to hatch?

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 1:39 pm