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Extraordinary encounter

UPI – A turtle conservation organisation in South Carolina, United States revealed an exceptionally uncommon event where a loggerhead sea turtle made its way onto a busy beach during daylight hours to nest and lay eggs.

The South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) shared photographs on Facebook, depicting the loggerhead as it carefully laid its eggs on a North Litchfield beach, while a group of observers maintained a safe distance.

“A big thank you to everyone there for keeping their distance and allowing the nesting to take place,” the post said.

SCUTE member Bill Raley said turtles are easily spooked by the presence of humans and normally wouldn’t lay their eggs in the middle of the day.

“It’s highly unusual,” Raley told WPDE-TV. “I’ve been here 17 years and I’ve never seen one come in at this time of day before.”

Raley said SCUTE members later relocated the eggs to a safer location higher up in the dunes.

Beachgoers observing the loggerhead turtle from a safe distance at a beach in South Carolina, United States. PHOTO: SCUTE/FACEBOOK