• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours

    The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Learn about the life cycle of loggerhead sea turtles, why they are threatened with extension, and what we can do to help save these amazing reptiles.



Sea Turtle Vocabulary

Clutch - group of eggs in a nest.

Hatchling - a turtule which has recently hatched out of an egg.

Predator - an animal that catches and eats another animal, called prey.

Yokeless or Spacer Eggs - eggs without the yellow yoke. The yoke is the part of the egg which turns into a hatchling.

Sargasso Sea - an area in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where the currents have deposited sea grasses, like sargassum.

Did You Know?

Portsmouth Life-Saving Station crew pose in their surfboat.

"You have to go out, you don't have to come back" was the unofficial motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. The Life-Saving Service rescued shipwreck victims from stations located in Portsmouth, and on Core Banks and Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...