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Kemp’s ridley turtle buries eggs on Outer Banks

KITTY HAWK, NC (AP) — For the third straight year, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has buried its eggs along the North Carolina seashore before venturing into the ocean.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that Karen Fitzgerald of the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) said the nest was discovered on June 14. Kemp’s ridley turtles usually nest along the Gulf of Mexico.

Fitzgerald said volunteers took pictures of the turtle, which crawled to shore around 10:30 a.m. She said that’s a typical nesting time for the species, and helped confirm that it was a Kemp’s ridley. Most turtles nesting on the Outer Banks do so at night.

N.E.S.T. is currently monitoring eight sea turtle nests along the Outer Banks. On the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the National Park Service is watching 74 nests.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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