National Park Service (NPS)

Rehabilitated sea turtles to head back to the ocean on Wednesday at Lifeguard Beach

Eleven loggerhead sea turtles have completed their rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and NEST volunteers will release them Wednesday into the ocean between 11 and 11:30 a.m. at the Day Use Area (Lifeguard Beach).

All are invited to attend, and it is recommended that you arrive at 11 a.m.  

Jocelyn Wright, lead biological science technician for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, said Seashore personnel will assist.  

N.E.S.T. (The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles and other protected marine wildlife on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Virginia line to south Nags Head. N.E.S.T. is committed to contributing to the preservation of these species through research and rescue and rehabilitation efforts and to fostering greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness.

Loggerhead turtle. Photo courtesy of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NPS)