- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

HUNTING ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Volunteers with the Hunting Island Sea Turtle Conservation Project say a rare leatherback sea turtle nest was found this year.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head (https://bit.ly/1LmzECa) reported the nest was found on Hunting Island. Last week 18 hatchlings emerged from the nest and made their way to the ocean.

Usually there are only a couple leatherback nests on the state’s beaches each year. The turtles usually lay their eggs in warmer places like Central America.

In March, a rare 475-pound endangered leatherback was found stranded on a beach in Georgetown County. It was released into the ocean after five days of treatment at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.


Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide