November 3, 2014


UPDATE:  Cape Point remains closed to night driving


By IRENE NOLAN



A second turtle nest near Ramp 44 in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore continues to block driving at night to Cape Point.

The nest was expanded almost two weeks ago when it was between Days 50 and 55 of incubation.  It's now at Day 68 and has not yet hatched, according to the seashore's natural resources manager, Randy Swilling.  

The nest has been overwashed by high tides several times, but the eggs are still viable, Swilling said.  The area will remain closed until the nest hatches and park biologists have excavated it.

The night driving restriction is in place so that the headlights of vehicles returning to Ramp 44 will not disturb or disorient the hatchlings.

The closure is from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m.

        

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