The news continues to be bad for fans of sea turtles and other marine life.
Dennis Pohl, president of Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.), today reports that another active sea turtle nest fell victim to rising tides.
When the organization's Turtle Patrol made its rounds, it was discovered that an active nest in Nags Head had been washed away.
The discovery marks the third nest in two days to have been destroyed. A recent storm washed away two active nests in South Nags Head and an active nest in the 4-wheel drive area of the northern beaches.
A total of 11 active nests remain along the Outer Banks coastline, Pohl says.
He plans to post an update on recent turtle nesting activity on the organization's website, nestonline.org.
Also on Monday, a deceased pilot whale washed ashore on the beach near Fourth Street in Kill Devil Hills.
Several organizations — including The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Kill Devil Hills Police Department and N.E.S.T. — responded to the scene.
The dead whale was transported to the network’s Bodie Island facility. Results of a necropsy conducted to determine the cause of death are not yet available, Pohl says.
If you see a stranded or injured sea turtle, or accidentally hook a sea turtle while fishing, call the N.E.S.T. hotline at (252) 441-8622.
To report a marine mammal stranding in Currituck or Dare counties, do not touch it or stand near it. Call the OBX Stranding Response hotline at (252) 455-9654.