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Sea Turtles

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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Willy freed after recuperating

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videoSea turtles are often in the news in this area, but one particular reptile has made headlines from here to England. Willaminia, or Willy as she's called, has been at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in North Topsail where she has been recuperating since April. Full story...
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Visitor from UK makes her return home

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There is an update on a foreign visitor to our area who is making a triumphant return home Wednesday. Willamina, or Willie for short, arrived at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital on Topsail Island back in April. Full story...
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Worldly turtle winds up at Topsail

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videoWillamina, or Willy for short, is a Kemp's ridley sea turtle that's stirred up plenty of worldwide attention because she's the first turtle to own two passports. Full story...
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Volunteers looking to help more sea turtles in 2009

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Volunteers at the sea turtle hospital in Topsail Island are hoping the New Year will be a healthy one for injured turtles. Full story...
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Pender County woman being honored at UNCW Thursday

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A Pender County woman, whose mission is rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles, is being honored Thursday at UNC-Wilmington. Full story...
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Volunteers celebrating the end of sea turtle nesting season

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videoAlong with celebrating Halloween Friday, volunteers in Topsail Beach are celebrating the official end to sea turtle nesting season. Though it was a successful year, with thousands of baby turtles hatching, officials said there is still a long way to go before they can be pulled off the endangered species list. Full story...
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Bald Head Island having record sea turtle nesting season

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videoBald Head Island is proud of having the best sea turtle nesting season in nine years. Loggerhead sea turtles are listed as a threatened species by the endangered species act. Full story...
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Sea turtles released into the Atlantic

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videoIt was graduation day for some sea turtles in Topsail Island. Volunteers for the Sea Turtle Hospital released 16 turtles back to the ocean this morning. Full story...
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