Turtle nests wiped out by weekend waves

Posted August 23, 2009
Updated August 24, 2009

— Although Hurricane Bill made no direct impact on the North Carolina coast, the seas that the storm churned up did damage some homes and turtle nests.

Mayor Larry Lammert said high tides took out several sea turtle nests on Bald Head Island. Dr. Suzanne Dorsey of the Bald Head Island Conservancy estimated five nests were lost.

People were forced to leave at least eight homes over the weekend, Lammert said, after water washed up underneath them.

Farther north, waves tore away septic, heating and air-condition systems from a house made famous by the movie "Nights in Rodanthe," starring Richard Gere.

Caretaker Frisco Mo said he had just finished repairs from past storms and reopened the house to rentals, but the fresh damage forced him to close the house again.

"I’m getting a little worn out. I’m kind of depressed over the whole thing," Mo said.

Support beams at Avon Pier, one of Cape Haterras' most frequented locations, were knocked out by Bill's force.

"I hate to see houses fall down and people losing property, but it is nature and how can you not love nature?” vacationer Paula Sonnenberg asked.


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  • cbarnett Aug 24, 2009

    Septic system? That close to the water? I never knew. Gross

  • Hip-Shot Aug 24, 2009

    Since the storm vandalized that portion of beach, the area should be closed to all access immediately.

  • Hammerhead Aug 24, 2009

    I think you guys are missing the point. Life is rough enough without people messing with them too. I'm as outdoorsy as it gets, but I respect nature first and foremost and tread very lightly.

  • southern wisdom Aug 24, 2009

    I suggest the lawyers for Defenders of Wildlife be called to ask the U.S. district Court for a bench order against hurricanes causing beach erosion and prohibit high tides until further studies can be done.

  • onyourheels2 Aug 24, 2009

    i heard they were going to shut down the east coast until the eggs were found.

  • Hammerhead Aug 24, 2009

    aint, all the more reason to be vigilant.

  • Nope Aug 24, 2009

    abd - the only protection that they do for the nests are metal cages to keep predators out - not hurricanes. ps "course"

  • aintbackingdwn Aug 24, 2009

    After all that puny man can do to protect these nests nature takes it's coarse.....Love it!