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Sea Turtle Hospital News March 8, 2018

We all know who the Queen of the hospital is (Jean) but there’s another lady who is definitely the royalty in Sea Turtle Bay: “Snookie.” Snookie is a three-hundred-plus-pound loggerhead who was transferred to us from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ on October 30, 2016.  She had stranded multiple times near Avalon,…

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Sea Turtle Hospital News 2-16-18

 We take them all, big and small, and everything in between. Our admits over the past few months have ranged from quarter-sized hatchlings to the last “lady” to enter our building, a one-hundred-sixty pound loggerhead with the name “Eugenie.” Eugenie stranded north of here in Rodanthe on December 3rd with obvious shark bite injuries. STAR,…

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Sea Turtle Hospital News 1-5-18

Seriously? Temps in the teens and wind chills in the single digits? If you’ve been cold stunned by this weather you now have an idea of what our turtle-sicle patients were feeling before they were rescued. There’s almost nowhere our volunteers can go without being stopped by people asking how the turtles are coping with…

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12-14-17 Sea Turtle Hospital News

  The turtles had a visitor last week, and although Dr. Harms may not think of himself as “Santa” he did show up with a few elves, two cold-stunned turtles and a big bag of “toys.” And he had a list – a very long list of boys and girls he wanted to check up…

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12-1-17 Sea Turtle Hospital News

The Kemp’s – why is it always the Kemp’s that are the cold-stun equivalent of the first snow of the season? When winter rolls around it’s not a question of if we’ll admit a slew of cold-stunned turtles but a matter of when. That “when” was just before the last day of November when sixteen…

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11-7-17 Sea Turtle Hospital News

It looks like we’re finally going to have to face the fact that it’s November and winter is just around the corner. We’ve all been spoiled by the continuing warm temperatures, and it’s likely so have quite a few sea turtles who are still hanging around in near-shore water that’s relatively warm. Not a good…

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Sea Turtles dig the dark

Keep oceanfront lighting to a minimum. Lights disorient nesting mothers and lead hatchlings away from the sea, a trip they cannot survive. Topsail Island has 26 miles of coastline. Each mile is surveyed every morning to identify sea turtle tracks and nests from May through August.

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