A news release from the National Park Service says that with more than a month to go before the nesting season typically winds down, rangers discovered the 326th nest on Monday. The previous record of 325 was set in 2016.
As of Tuesday, there are 317 loggerhead nests, 11 green sea turtle nests and one Kemp's Ridley nest.
Tracy Ziegler, chief of resource management and science for National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, says it's estimated that almost 11,000 sea turtle eggs have been deposited in beaches on Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke islands.
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