It's one of 157 turtle nests (and counting!) on Edisto Beach.

By Meghan Overdeep
June 27, 2019

It’s not every day you get to watch a mama sea turtle lay her eggs.

Loggerhead sea turtles typically lay their eggs at night, but one lucky group in Edisto Beach, South Carolina, happened to be in the right place at the right time early Monday morning, and was able to capture footage of a turtle digging her nest on the shore.

The video (below), which shows a loggerhead turtle working furiously at digging her nest while the sun rises in the background, was taken by the Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project on Monday around 6:30 a.m.

According to the group, 10 other turtles had dug their nests on Edisto Beach the day before. The total number of nests on the beach was reportedly at 157 as of Thursday morning. An average nesting season for loggerhead turtles on Edisto Beach sees about 80 nests, making this season a banner year already.

The Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project has been monitoring the beach at sunrise between May and October—a typical sea turtle nesting season—since 1982. They locate and protect nesting sea turtles and their eggs and rescue stranded sea turtles and hatchlings.

This now-famous turtle’s eggs will be ready to hatch in about 60 days.

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