Did you know that biological science technicians at Cape Hatteras National Seashore carefully track, learn from and protect hundreds of sea turtle nests each summer?

While human visitors flocked to the Seashore this summer, over 378 sea turtles also made their way here to nest. We’re excited to announce that more than 28,000 hatchlings made their way to the ocean and that you helped us raise $23,405 through our Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest program to protect and enhance this special place!

Check our “Sea Turtle Scoop” below to learn more about the 2022 sea turtle nesting season.

A graphic that shows the results of Outer Banks Forever's 2022 Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest season.

Get to know our Outer Banks sea turtles! The Outer Banks is home to a variety of sea turtle species! To learn more about the Loggerhead, Green, Kemp’s Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles that visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore each year, click here to read articles by our friend Benjamin Ranelli, a former Seasonal Biological Science Technician at the Seashore.

Online Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Experience: In case you missed it, we teamed up with our national park staff to bring you an exciting online sea turtle experience! Watch and listen as biological science technicians carefully excavate a sea turtle nest and share what they find. Click here to watch on YouTube.