Jul 20 2011

Endangered and Threatened Species Off the Coast of North Carolina

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Although there are many other organisms that may be affected by inshore and offshore wind installations, endangered and threatened species are of special concern. There are many endangered and threatened species off the coast of North Carolina, and there may be others we do not know about. All species that are considered endangered or threatened are protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Below is a list of the endangered and threatened species according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

Marine Mammals

Sperm Whale

North Atlantic Right Whale

Humpback Whale

Finback Whale

Humpback Whale



Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle



Roseate Tern

Piping Plover


It is also important to remember that all marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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