Conservation efforts at coastal beaches have led to a NC loggerhead sea turtles nesting record being broken for the first time. Environmentalist say that in 2016 there were 1,622 recorded nesting areas along NC beaches and the new numbers tallied in 2019 show 1,640 nesting areas. This is good news for the very vulnerable and rare loggerhead sea turtles and the efforts many conservationist and environmentalist in our area have been working for going on many decades.
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Update August 16 2019: The National Association of Zoos and Aquariums has announced that the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is their winner for the $25,000 prize in their Planet Video series.
Update July 2019: The National Association of Zoos and Aquariums has a contest called “Party for the Planet Video” and has announced the the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores is one of ten finalist for a $25,000 prize if they win. This association made their decision based on the aquarium’s work with sea turtle conservation and videos they made to get their message out.
Additionally, researchers and enthusiast from Georgia and South Carolina are seeing record nesting areas as well with over 12,200 documented.
From a local standpoint along the Bogue Banks beaches of Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach, much of the effort to educate the public on loggerhead sea turtles, their mating rituals and difficulties they face goes to volunteers and researchers at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores who have wonderful exhibits related to research and education.
If you are visiting the area on vacation we emphatically encourage you to visit this facility and learn all that you can.
Whether you are a local or visiting the area while on vacation, we also strongly urge you to learn more about these conservation efforts and visit one of the nesting areas when baby sea turtles hatch and migrate from their nest and crawl to the ocean to begin life. It really is a heartwarming event and a great way to teach children about caring for the environment and giving back to mother nature.
We also encourage you to learn about sea turtle conservation efforts and what man made events create vulnerabilities for these animals.
We also want to give our thanks to the many researchers and volunteers in the Carteret County communities of Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, and Salter Path who have diligently worked to help create and maintain these efforts – no doubt this nesting record would never have happened if it weren’t for you.
We will continue to add information about this topic in this article so please check back often and consider sharing this article on social media so that others can learn more. If you know of any events at the aquarium or local efforts centered around turtle conservation please let us know using the comment system below.
Using the comment system below, tell us about your experiences in watching baby turtles leaving their nest and migrating to the ocean.
Have you ever attended one of the educational exhibits at the aquarium while on a school field trip or while visiting the area? If so, please tell us about your experiences so that readers can learn more. What did you learn about pollution created by humans that create dangerous conditions for these marine mammals?
What other events and programs are there in NC and Carteret County that are geared towards conservation in this area? We know that there is a considerable effort to educate the public about fishing line and plastic ties that bind drinks together being a major hazard to marine mammals but what other efforts are at the forefront of education today?