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Turtle nest watchers on alert in Carolina Beach

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Heather Setzler - bio|email

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Turtle nest "watchers" have been volunteering around the clock at Carolina Beach, after someone stole sea turtle eggs recently in Brunswick County.

It was nearly a month ago when someone vandalized a sea turtle nest in Ocean Isle Beach.

Now, volunteers with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project are making sure that does not happen on their watch.

They are monitoring a rare leatherback sea turtle nest in Carolina Beach 24 hours a day to prevent it from being tampered with.

Volunteers say this is the first time in history that a leatherback turtle has nested in Carolina Beach. They usually only see loggerhead nests.

Stealing sea turtles or their eggs is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. Thieves could face up to $100,000 fine or prison time.

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