The Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program says the nest was tampered with on Monday. Sand was displaced from the covered hole, and it was burrowed into.
The News & Observer reports none of the eggs were broken or harmed. But the group wants beachgoers to know that disturbing sea turtle nests carries a federal fine up to $50,000 and possible prison time.
Last week, a woman was arrested in Miami after police said she stomped on sea turtle nests and poked them with a stake.
Loggerhead turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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