Summer may be over, but its sea turtles live on. At least loggerhead turtles on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island do. Loggerheads are a threatened species in the southeastern United States, but the National Park Service reported a record number of sea turtle nests this summer on Ocracoke Island (which is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore). I was lucky enough to see one of those nests excavated.
Observer Editor David Lillard found a great photo of baby loggerheads (much clearer than the ones I took of them crawling down the beach at dusk) for the print edition. But I share some of my other photos from the adventure below, including the nest site next to the driftwood stump, one of the turtles entering the surf, the crowd cheering as the turtles enter the surf, and the moonrise as the hatchlings disappear into the water. Enjoy.