- 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.

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

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