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What species of turtle laid the eggs near the Loop at Wrightsville Beach?

Loggerhead sea turtles wait to be released after dusk. The turtles had just hatched along North Topsail Beach. Staff Photo By: Ken Blevins/StarNews Media

Q. What species of turtle is likely to have laid the eggs in the two small nests that are cordoned off on the west and south sides of the Loop at Wrightsville Beach?

A. According to the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System, all three nests on Wrightsville Beach were laid by loggerhead turtles. While North Carolina beaches also serve as nesting grounds for green, Kemp’s ridley and leatherback turtles, more than 95 percent of the nests laid in the Tar Heel State are loggerheads.

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