logo
Shutterstock
Source: Shutterstock

People Start Riding on Sea Turtle While She Attempts to Lay Her Eggs on the Beach

Bettina Dizon
Jul 26, 2021
01:00 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Beachgoers in Garden City Pier harassed a turtle and even tried to sit on her as she tried to lay her eggs on the beach for the second time.

Advertisement

Giant sea turtles are a rare sight to see onshore, which makes onlookers joyful when they get to witness one. However, some people tend to forget that such sea creatures are easily terrified wild animals.

Recently, the Horry County Police Department received a report at nearly 11 in the evening about beachgoers harassing and riding a turtle in Garden City pier.

A green sea turtle by the beach. | Source: Shutterstock

A green sea turtle by the beach. | Source: Shutterstock

Advertisement

Myrtle Beach State Park ranger Ann Wilson revealed that the turtle tried to lay eggs at the park the night before but left due to a similar situation. The sea animal reportedly dug her chamber and attracted several beachgoers.

Many tried to take photos and got too close, scaring the turtle away. The animal later tried to nest in Garden City, where people did the same and even sat on her. Wilson added:

“People are so excited about sea turtles that they forget that they are dealing with a wild animal who is terrified of them [...] It is not proper behavior for anybody.”

Ann Wilson during an interview with WBTW. | Source: WBTW

Ann Wilson during an interview with WBTW. | Source: WBTW

Advertisement

The park ranger also shared that there are right ways to appreciate turtles, which is by keeping a distance, keeping quiet, and not using the camera’s flash to take photos.

“These are threatened and endangered species,” Wilson added as she spoke about the turtles. “Green sea turtles are protected under state and federal laws.”

Nesting place of the green sea turtle in Garden City Pier. | Source WBTW

Nesting place of the green sea turtle in Garden City Pier. | Source WBTW

Advertisement

Texas volunteers came together to rescue thousands of struggling sea turtles amidst the freezing winter storm that plagued the city.

The Marine Turtle Protection Act and the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 protect all marine sea turtles, their nests, and eggs. Regardless of intent, negligence of the law is not an excuse.

Advertisement

Luckily, the turtle was not hurt and safely laid 77 eggs on the shore, making her the first Green Sea Turtle to do so this season. Currently, there are 17 loggerhead sea turtle nests in the state park.

Advertisement

Earlier this year, several Texas volunteers came together to rescue thousands of struggling sea turtles amidst the freezing winter storm that plagued the city.

Over 4,000 sea turtles were reportedly rescued and relocated in shelters, including a South Padre Island facility, by the Sea Turtle Inc. The beautiful sea creatures allegedly experience hypothermia or turn cold-stunned at freezing temperatures.

During such circumstances, they can no longer move, eat, or stay above water due to extremely low body temperatures. Several photos of the rescue have since been posted and reshared on social media.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Inside Mary-Kate Olsen's Home She Shared with Ex-husband Who Kicked Her Out of Their House

April 15, 2022

Jerry Mathers’ Wife Left Him for Another Man While a Doctor Warned He Could Have 3 to 5 Years Left to Live

February 08, 2022

Poor Guy Mocked for Driving His Late Granddad’s Old Car Finds a Will Under the Seat One Day – Story of the Day

May 12, 2022

Alex Guarnaschelli & Decade Younger Fiancé Split ⁠— He Proposed after Her Kid from Her First Marriage Approved

May 20, 2022