November 12, 2014

UPDATE:  Turtle nest still not hatched,
Point remains closed to night driving


The sea turtle nest near Ramp 44 in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore still has not hatched and continues to block driving at night to Cape Point.

The nest was expanded more than  three weeks ago when it was between 50 and 55 days of incubation.  It's now at Day 77, according to the park's natural resources program manager, Randy Swilling.  

The usual incubation time for nests in the seashore is 60 to 62 days, but that is in warmer weather. The cooler weather has probably extended the incubation period.

Despite having been overwashed in high tides several times, Swilling said the eggs in the nest were checked two days ago and are still viable. The area will remain closed until the nest hatches and park biologists have excavated it.

The night driving restriction was originally put in place for another turtle nest in the same area on Oct. 7 and then extended for the current nest. It is in place so that the headlights of vehicles heading to and from Ramp 44 will not disturb or disorient the hatchlings.

The closure is from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. The area is open to pedestrians.


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