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2005 Season Sea Turtle Nesting Closure

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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Proposed Closed Areas
Location 0.3 mi. south of Ramp 59
Expected Close 08/05/05
Actual Close
Expected Reopen 08/26/05
Actual Reopen
Temporary closures at each site may last three weeks, but more typically about two weeks, depending on when the sea turtles hatch. The average incubation period is 63 days, but some nests will hatch before or after this average. Sites remain closed for an average of three days after the actual hatching to allow all hatchlings to emerge before park personnel excavate the nest to determine the hatch success rate. Park staff will monitor the nests closely and reopen the beach as soon as possible.
THESE ARE COMPLETE CLOSURES TO ALL THROUGH TRAFFIC. CLOSURES EXTEND FROM LOW TIDE TO THE CREST OF THE DUNE. DUE TO SURF CONDITIONS SIGNS AND MARKINGS DO NOT EXTEND BELOW HIGH TIDE, BUT THE CLOSURE EXTENDS TO THE SURF.



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