were able to be cared for almost continuously throughout the storm,”
said David Hallac, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent. “We
were fortunate that we were able to [tend to them], because the impacts
were moderate on Ocracoke Island.”
Park Service staff are currently assessing the more than 50 active
turtle nests that were located within the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore when Florence hit as well, and have reported that several
nests have hatched since Florence left the area.
had some nests that have hatched since the storm, including one nest on
Ocracoke Island,” said Hallac. “On Ocracoke, we estimate that seven
nests were lost, and we are still doing assessments for Hatteras
don’t know the exact number of nests that we lost at this time, but we
do know that some nests have clearly made it through the storm,” he
There were 165 sea turtle nests recorded thus far in the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore, and more than 100 had hatched before
Florence affected the islands.