BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — Biologists have confirmed that a rare hawksbill sea turtle nest on Hatteras Island is the northernmost successful hatching of that species on the Atlantic coast.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1lKupBM) the biologists recently got results of DNA tests to confirm two of the record 289 sea turtle nests in the park belonged to the federally endangered hawksbill species. Loggerhead sea turtles make up the majority of nests on Hatteras Island.
A news release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said a storm washed out one of the two hawksbill nests, but the remaining nest produced 62 hatchlings out of 94 eggs in early September
While hawksbill sea turtles have been found off the North Carolina coast, officials said this was the first nest recorded at Hatteras Island.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com