KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Rejoice for reptiles. Our four flipper friends at Kure Beach are having a banner year.
A record number of nests, each holding more than 100 sea turtle eggs, have been spotted, identified, and marked off by the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project.
Fourteen nests in all have been identified, six within a one block area south of downtown Kure Beach.
With a full month of nesting left, volunteers are expecting several more to be discovered in the coming weeks.
Volunteers tell us that recent beach mitigation, and homeowners limiting their outdoor lighting, are some of the theories as to why this season is prolific. However, they are cautioning people who stumble upon new nests to report them to local lifeguards or police immediately.
Hatchings will start during the end of July and happen monthly though the end of summer.
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