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Sea Turtles

Sea turtles returned to ocean

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video Topsail Island hosted a cheering crowd and some happy turtles! Hundreds of folks gathered this afternoon to see 8 sea turtles make their journey back to the ocean. Full story...
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Sea turtle nest count drops in North Carolina

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videoThe number of sea turtle nests along the North Carolina coast has dropped sharply after four years of increases. The StarNews reports that the number of turtle nests fell 58 percent this year, compared with 2013. Matthew Godfrey with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the numbers this year are about 30 percent below average. Full story...
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Paper or plastic? In Carolina Beach, you could no longer have an option

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videoCarolina Beach is taking the lead on an environmental effort to "rise above plastic." Town council will discuss a possible ordinance against plastic bags tonight. After decades of public education, the Cape Fear Surf Rider Foundation says it's time for action. Full story...
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Commercial fishing groups suing over sea turtles

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videoCommercial fishing groups filed a lawsuit this week because they want regulations for sea turtle protection applied to all fishermen, even folks just out for some fun for the day. Full story...
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Dozens of sea turtles take a dip back into the wild

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videoMore than a dozen sea turtles have made their way back home this week. After months of rehabilitation, all the turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital get to go home. Full story...
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New Sea Turtle Hospital up and running

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videoSick and injured sea turtles now have a new and improved hospital in Surf City. The new Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital offers more space, an updated filtration system and other amenities the old facility on topsail island did not have room for. Full story...
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Tourists see sea turtles hatch at Holden Beach

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video Sisters Kim and Karen Hartnett happened upon some sea turtles that had just hatched and were waddling their way to the ocean. Full story...
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More sea turtles released back into wild

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Six sea turtles are back home now. Tuesday afternoon, workers with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center released the animals back into the wild. Full story...
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NOAA opens discussion on critical Loggerhead habitat

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video A meeting about the future of Loggerhead turtles on North Carolina beaches brought dozens out of their shell onto the campus of UNC-Wilmington. Full story...
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Proposed sea turtle protections could mean more red tape for beaches

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videoSome federal agencies are stepping up and proposing new ways to protect loggerhead sea turtles. But the possible new regulations are getting strong opposition from area beaches. Full story...
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Jean Beasley wins Ocean Hero Award

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The woman who founded a hospital for sea turtles in Pender County has won another award for her dedication. Jean Beasley has been named the winner of the 2013 Ocean Hero Award by the environmental group Oceana. Full story...
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As threatened sea turtle goes back to wild, rare nest found at Fort Fisher

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video It was a big day for sea turtles at fort fisher. One headed back to the wild, while a nest of one rare species has appeared for the first time. Full story...
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Time running out to vote Beasley for Ocean Hero Award

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There are only a few more days left to vote for a Pender County woman who has devoted her life to helping sea turtles to receive a national honor. Jean Beasley is one of six adult finalists for Oceana's Ocean Hero Awards. Full story...
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Sea Turtle hospital moving to new facility

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video For 16 years it’s been a sanctuary for our four-finned friends and now the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital is getting ready for its biggest release yet. Full story...
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28 sea turtles head back to ocean after treatment

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video It's an annual rite of summer for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Volunteers loaded up once-injured sea turtles and headed for the beach, where cheering fans greeted the reptiles to watch them hit the water. Full story...
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