TWO False Crawls

posted: May 8, 2019, 12:25 PM

We know the mother turtles are out there!

The first sea turtle nest of the season in North Carolina was reported on May 4 at Cape Lookout National Seashore on South Core Banks.

Oak Island reported that they had a nest this past Monday morning (May 6).

Today (May 8) our ATV rider reported two false crawls on Holden Beach. A false crawl is when a mother turtle crawls onto the beach but leaves before laying her eggs. This could be because she couldn’t find a good place to lay her eggs or something frightened her. If you see a mother turtle coming ashore please stay away from her and do nothing that would surprise or startle her. Please do not shine lights on her or take flash photos. Please call our emergency stranding team at 910 754-0766, stand back, watch and enjoy. You are making memories.

Hopefully the momma (or mommas) will be back tonight to try again.

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