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Nesting turtle killed on Ocracoke Island

Posted June 25, 2010

— An off-road vehicle struck and killed a nesting female loggerhead turtle on Ocracoke Island late Wednesday or early Thursday, National Park Service authorities said.

The turtle had crawled out of the ocean and was attempting to lay eggs between Ramps 70 and 72 when it was hit and dragged about 12 feet, authorities said. It is believed to be the first time a nesting sea turtle has been killed by an off-road vehicle at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Because the seashore is nesting habitat for three species of threatened or endangered sea turtles off-road vehicles are prohibited on the beach from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the turtle nesting season. Authorities said they believe the vehicle that struck and killed the turtle was likely a four-wheel-drive SUV or pickup truck.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111.


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  • go4optics Jun 25, 2010

    RB - Be honest; you know it's not about "need." The world doesn't actually "need" these turtles, but most of us, myself included, would be disheartened if they went the way of so many other now extinct species. It's mostly about "balance" here in the "real" world, something many intolerant people refuse to acknowledge when it suits their own selfish interests.

  • outside_of_apex Jun 25, 2010

    Problem on Ocracoke is that it's 4 miles from the entrance to South Point Rd (4wd vehicle path) to South Point itself, which is a prime fishing spot. I carry rods, tackle boxes, coolers, chairs, etc in my Jeep. You could not walk this stuff there. This may be a moot point because it looks like the birders may close South Point forever to ORVs and pedestrians.

    My wife & daughter walked a little while ago from ramp 72 (campground) to near 70 (lifeguard beach) and back. Here the beach is closed to ORVs. They saw no one. Seems people don't want to carry their stuff through heavy sand for any great distances.

  • Adelinthe Jun 25, 2010

    CbyC - "A vehicle is the only way I can get two of my disabled family members out ON the beach, but I guess they shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the beach just because they are disabled, huh?"

    I then amend my statement to say, "government vehicles and those with disabled stickers".


    Remember, animals were created first.

    They have rights to nature we should never usurp for any reason.

    We were appointed their caretakers.

    Some of us are doing a lousy job at it because of greed or our own selfish desires.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jun 25, 2010

    go4optics - "Some of you seem to be bad-mouthing activities that you really don't understand."

    Ok then, enlighten us.

    Why in the devil would someone NEED to run any vehicle on a beach, other than government vehicles?

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jun 25, 2010

    God bless their soul!!! (sarcasm)

    I LOVE children and animals, and I HATE when stuff like this happens.

    That poor poor thing.

    I hope someone was able to cover her eggs so at least they may be safe.



    God bless.


  • go4optics Jun 25, 2010

    So maybe I missed the part where it said a "private" vehicle killed the turtle? I've seen security/patrol and authorized research vehicles cruizing NC beaches at all hours, day and night, even when the area was supposedly "closed" to us regular citizens. Accidents happen, even to people with the best intentions, but that shouldn't cause a knee-jerk reaction to prohibit all vehicles on the beach just because you personally may have no desire to use one there. Have a little tolerance for cultures/interests that are not your own. Some of you seem to be bad-mouthing activities that you really don't understand. The article indicated this was the FIRST such death on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

  • normson7 Jun 25, 2010

    Once upon a time, there were no vehicles on the beach, and none of the animals were run over, and people actually fished and swam and walked and survived and enjoyed it. The simpleminded and lazy of today can't seem to accept that fact. And maybe, with a little bit of work and ingenuity, even disabled people can get to the beach and do the same, without running over turtles and birds and nests, and without attacking the people who want to maintain the beach and it's wildlife.

  • CarolinianByChoice Jun 25, 2010

    Notfromhere - - Wow, judgmental much?

    A vehicle is the only way I can get two of my disabled family members out ON the beach, but I guess they shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the beach just because they are disabled, huh? I assure you they are neither fat, lazy nor pigs. THEY JUST CAN’T WALK VERY FAR! Yes, we have tried alternative ways to get them out there without using a vehicle, it just doesn’t work.

    For those who like to surf fish, it is much better for them to drive a ways down from the pedestrian accessible beaches, that way they don’t have to worry about their lines interfering with other’s beach going activities.

    It is the ignorant actions of the few who abuse beach driving privileges that mess it up for the majority who obey the rules

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 25, 2010

    Great post irishale! That pretty much sums it up. My thoughts exactly. You just can't win on GOLO! lol

  • lmbl Jun 25, 2010

    Keep all vehicles off the beach except for beach patrol. I saw a turtle lying dead on the side of the road obviously run over by a vehicle big enough not to sustain damage from it's rather large shell. There are some very sick people out there....