Green sea turtle laying eggs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo NPS

Green sea turtle laying eggs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo NPS

Will there be Christmas sea turtle babies this year on the Outer Banks? With a mother green sea turtle laying eggs on Halloween morning the odds near Cape Hatteras the odds are good there will be Christmas babies.

Whether the babies will survive is a completely different question.

Halloween is very late for a sea turtle to be laying eggs on the Outer Banks. In fact October 31 us the latest that a sea turtle has laid eggs since at least 1997 according to officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Sea turtles use the Outer Banks extensively their nests, but all most all eggs are laid by mid August. Eggs laid after August 20 are considered late.

So that is really late.

What the baby turtles will probably have to deal with are temperatures in the 40s and 50s, And surf conditions that could make it very difficult for the babies to even get in the water. That is if the sand is even going to be warm enough for the eggs to hatch.

So it doesn’t look very promising for the Christmas sea turtle babies.

But we can always hope.

The green sea turtles are on of five species of sea turtles that frequent the Outer Banks. The other four are the leatherback, kemps Ridley, loggerhead and hawksbill. Hawksbills are very rare in this area though,

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