Watch a virtual sea turtle nest excavation Friday morning

Baby sea turtle making its way to the ocean at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. [NPS photo]

Join Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Outer Banks Forever on Facebook Friday at 10 a.m. for a streaming sea turtle nest excavation video.

During the excavation, seashore biological technicians will dig up a recently hatched nest, count the empty shells, and collect unhatched eggs for research. During the virtual event, staff will share information about sea turtles that nest on our beaches and will explain what is going on during the excavation.

Sign up for the Facebook event to get notified the morning of the broadcast.

Every summer, sea turtles visit the beaches of Cape Hatteras to lay their nests. This year, the seashore has had more than 200 nests laid with many already beginning to hatch.

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