Attacks on sea turtle nests in Emerald Isle raising big concerns among trying to protect them


EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol Program is responding to the multiple attacks on sea turtle nests over the weekend.

Dale Baquer is the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol Program Coordinator. She said volunteers have had to patrol areas night and day due to targeted nest tampering.

Emerald Isle beaches are currently home to 18 sea turtle nests. Baquer said this has already surpassed last summer and has the possibility to keep growing. She said she wants the Crystal Coast to remain a safe and respected area for marine life but that’s not what happened this weekend.

They are knocking our stakes over, breaking our tape, walking across the nest, there were two situations where they dug into the nest

Dale Baquer, EI Sea Turtle Patrol Program coordinator

Baquer said they are now turning to Emerald Isle Police for help with the targeted nest attacks. She said if you see anyone tampering with nests to call the department or 911. The fine for tampering with one of Emerald Isle’s sea turtle nests could be up to $50,000, you also could spend a year in jail. 

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‘Thank you for leaving your beer can as evidence’: Sea turtle nests vandalized at Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCN) — At least two sea turtle nests at Emerald Isle were vandalized.

According to the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol, a nest was found disturbed Friday morning.

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The nonprofit said the stakes were pulled up and broken, someone walked across the nest and appeared to have done some digging.

“Thank you for leaving your beer can as evidence,” the group said on Facebook.

The same nest was disturbed again Friday night, along with a second nest.

A police report has been filed with the Emerald Isle Police Department.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, distributing or otherwise harming sea turtle eggs, hatchlings and adults can carry a federal fine up to $50,000 and/or serve up to one year in prison.

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