Three endangered loggerhead sea turtles, found too weak to leave their nest along the North Carolina coast, begin rehabilitative care at a North Carolina Aquarium.
SHOWS: CARTERET COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 3, 2016) (NBC – Broadcasters: NO ACCESS USA AND CNN Digital: FOR BROADCAST CLIENT USE ONLY/NO ACCESS INTERNET, MOBILE, WIRELESS)
1. VARIOUS OF LOGGERHEAD BABY TURTLE BEING CLEANED AND EXAMINED BY HAND
2. TURTLE IN TRAY WITH WATER
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM SPECIALIST, MICHELE LAMPING, SAYING:
“A lot of times the hatchlings are in great shape, it’s just they were on the bottom of the nest and all their siblings left and the sand dropped on them and they may be squished in the nest for 2 or 3 days, so they just need a little bit of turnaround time before we can get them back out.”
4. VARIOUS OF TURTLE BEING CLEANED
5. VARIOUS OF TURTLE IN WATER TRAY
6. TURTLE IN BUCKET
STORY: Three endangered loggerhead baby sea turtles found too weak to leave their nest along the North Carolina coast began rehabilitative care at a North Carolina Aquarium, NBC reported on Wednesday (August 3)
Scientists said that some 1,500 nests have been spotted on the nesting beaches of North Carolina and that some hatchlings need extra help.
“A lot of times the hatchlings are in great shape it’s just they were on the bottom of the nest and all their siblings left and the sand dropped on them and they may be squished in the nest for two or three days, so they just need a little bit of turnaround time before we can get them back out,” said Michele Lamping, North Carolina Aquarium specialist.
According to NBC, the turtles are expected to stay in aquarium for several weeks before being sent back out into the ocean.
The loggerhead is the most common sea turtle in the southeastern United States and migrate thousands of miles in U.S. waters but nest on Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico shores.
They can live 40 years or longer, weighing up to 250 pounds (113 kg), and were first listed as endangered in 1978. Loggerheads face persistent threats from fishing gear and pollution, according to scientist.
Endangered or threatened sea turtles that frequent Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico waters also include Kemp’s ridley, leatherback and green sea turtles.
In 2014 the United States designated 685 miles (1,100 km) of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and 300,000 square miles (777,000 sq km) of ocean off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts as critical nesting and roaming habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
The joint ruling by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) was the largest critical habitat designation in U.S. history, environmentalists say.