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Giant leatherback turtle nesting on a Florida beach in broad daylight: ‘A rare occurrence’

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A leatherback sea turtle gave Florida beachgoers a rare sight last week when she was spotted nesting in the daylight.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center took pictures of the large female laying in the sand on Singer Island Beach in South Florida. The centre says it is not known why some turtles choose to nest during the day, and notes that it is “a rare occurrence.”

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A rehab technician took measurements of the leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle species at this moment of life, by means of a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the organization said. He also warned that the witnesses should keep their distance from a nesting female, so she can lay her eggs safely and with success.

While the dimensions and weight of the turtle is not immediately clear, a leatherback can grow to over seven metres long and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds, according to National Geographic.

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The leatherback turtle gets its name from its unique shell of tough, rubbery skin,” said the Sea Turtle Conservancy. It is the only species of sea turtle that doesn’t have a hard shell. Its diet consists mainly of jellyfish and other soft-bodied marine life, the group said.

The species is considered as vulnerable to extinction by extreme egg collection and fisheries bycatch, according to the World wildlife Fund.

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