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Sea Turtles

Auction raises money for Sea Turtle Hospital

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A sea turtle rescue group now has enough money to buy a digital radiograph machine, thanks to an auction of fiberglass versions of the real animals. Full story...
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Some loggerhead sea turtles now listed as endangered species

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video Loggerhead turtles can be found all along the Carolina coast from Topsail Island to Holden beach, but unfortunately their existence is being threatened. Fish and wildlife leaders announced Friday these creatures would no longer be listed as one threatened species but nine distinct population segments. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Some sea turtle nests destroyed, others hatched during Irene

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video When you think of Topsail Island, you just might think of sea turtles. While humans on the island continue to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, there's concern about the turtles that have been waiting to hatch on the island. Full story...
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Volunteers try to protect sea turtle nests from predators searching for meal

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video Topsail Beach has been busy this summer, and not just with tourists. Sea turtles have been making their way to the beach to lay their eggs, but now the are facing some hardships. The hatchlings must first survive their incubation period, which is sometimes compromised by natural predators, like foxes and coyotes, who love a tasty snack. Full story...
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Sea turtles rehabbed and returned to the sea

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videoIt was an exciting morning at Topsail Beach where hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to some of the area’s most cherished visitors. Full story...
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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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