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In 2006, the United States Senate established Endangered Species Day to recognize efforts to conserve imperiled species. May 15th marks the celebration’s tenth year. Some endangered reptiles enhance the tourism economy in the Cape Fear region. 

Four types of sea turtles lay their eggs along the coast of southeastern North Carolina: loggerheads, green sea turtles, leatherbacks, and a few Kemp’s Ridley. Once a hatchling makes it to the ocean, the sea turtle has a one in one thousand chance of survival.

Village at Bald Head Island

The comment period for a terminal groin proposal at Bald Head Island is now open.  If approved, this could lead to the construction of the first terminal groin in North Carolina since lawmakers legalized such structures in 2011.  

A terminal groin is a hardened structure which controls sand flow so as to rebuild beaches.  Mike Giles of the North Carolina Coastal Federation says if the island installs such a structure, they should remove the existing groin field made up of smaller, sand-filled tubes that slow down erosion:

Courtesy: NOAA

The number of sea turtles caught in the Progress Energy nuclear plant’s cooling water system has reached the allowable limit for 2012.