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Rare loggerhead sea turtle nest at Assateague Island NS produces 100 hatchlings

Sea turtle nests and the resulting hatchlings are common at places such as Padre Island National Seashore, Canaveral National Seashore, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but not so much at Assateague Island National Seashore. That's why the news of a Loggerhead turtle nest hatching at Assateague Island is great to hear.


Approximately 100 hatchlings emerged from a single nest site in the Maryland Over Sand Vehicle zone and successfully made their way out to sea. Although multiple sea turtle nesting attempts have been documented within the national seashore in past years, this is the first confirmed hatch and the largest number of hatchlings ever recorded.


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