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Sea Turtles

Marine experts warn against harming turtles

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North Carolina Marine Fisheries agents are warning fishermen and beach-goers to look out for endangered sea turtles as the large reptiles move into coastal waters as temperatures warm. Full story...
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Cold-stunned turtles return to warmer water

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An early blast of cold weather along the Atlantic seaboard has left wildlife experts scrambling to save dozens of sea turtles stunned by the chilled water. Full story...
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Sea turtles struggling in cold

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video Just as the cold has been affecting many of us this season, it's also effecting the turtle populations off the coast of North Carolina. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island has heaters and blankets for sea turtles that have been cold-stunned. Full story...
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Rare leatherback turtles hatch at Holden Beach

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videoIt's been about 40 years since someone spotted a leatherback turtle in Holden Beach. Last night, Holden Beach visitors witnessed 54 baby leatherbacks hatch and make their journey to the sea. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Record number of false turtle crawls reported at Holden Beach

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videoThere have been a record number of false crawls by sea turtles this season which prevents them from safely laying their nests. Full story...
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Reward increased in turtle death investigation

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Investigators still don't know who tortured and killed a rare sea turtle on Topsail Beach, but the reward has increased for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Full story...
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Gulf oil a concern as rehabbed turtles go back to wild

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videoThe Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital released 15 turtles back into the wild this even at a time where an ongoing oil spill leaves an uncertain future for their kind. Full story...
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$10,000 reward offered in sea turtle's death

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video Wildlife investigators say someone tortured and killed a rare sea turtle. Now they're offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information. Full story...
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Rare sea turtle washes up dead on NC beach

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A wildlife expert says a rare sea turtle that was found tied up and dead on a North Carolina beach may have been intentionally dragged behind a boat. Full story...
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Loggerheads May Move to Endangered List

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video Sea turtles are a rare find - but are they endangered? That's the question scientists are mulling over as they contemplate moving them onto the list of endangered species. Full story...
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Law suit hopes to save sea turtles from gill nets

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A potential law suit is in place in hopes of saving sea turtles. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach has filed a 60-day letter of intent to sue the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Full story...
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Tracking rehabilitated sea turtles online

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videoExactly one month ago, nine rehabilitated sea turtles were released back into the Atlantic. Sennet, the loggerhead, has a satellite tracking device on his back. We can go online to see where he's been swimming and what he's been up to these last four weeks. Full story...
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Nine turtles nurtured and now released

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videoReleasing the sea turtles takes a lot of manpower and preparation. Each is weighed, loaded into the back of a pick up truck and covered in wet towels before being transported to the beach. Full story...
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Leatherback turtles make their way to Atlantic Ocean

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Nearly 200 volunteers and Carolina Beach goers witnessed a very rare sighting Monday night. Seventy leatherback turtles hatched from a nest and made their way to the Atlantic Ocean. Full story...
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Ocean Island Beach holds fundraiser for turtles

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The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol held a fundraiser on Wednesday at the community center. There was a silent auction, educational programs, even a meet and greet with April the sea turtle. Full story...
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