There is nothing more majestic than witnessing nature in all its glory, and many witnesses were astonished and delighted to watch an endangered sea turtle breeding for hours on the sands of Melbourne Beach, USA.
Morning patrols were done Thursday morning by David Rodriguez, a research sea turtle biologist with the University of Central Florida Turtle Research Group. When he was approached by a beachgoer, he was investigating an empty sea turtle nest.
“There was a leatherback nesting there, according to one person.” “At first, I didn’t trust him,” the investigator said.
His first skepticism stemmed from the rarity of witnessing sea turtles breeding during the day, yet the turtle was present, along the Indialantic boardwalk. Rodriguez, still in awe of him, began clicking shots of the 900-pound leatherback.
“It was a bit of an outlier.” She’d never seen leatherbacks in the daytime before. “They normally come out at night, at least on Florida beaches,” the researcher noted, “when no one is present and no one can disturb them.”
Contemplating the magnificent aquatic beast was awe-inspiring, an unexplained encounter worth remembering for the few few who had the opportunity to do so.
The meeting occurred because, contrary to popular belief, this leatherback turtle nested at night and was sighted during the day.
Shelley Michel, a photographer nearby, received a call about the unusual meeting. She said in a Facebook page called “Brevard is Beautiful” that she was still in her jammies when she went to the beach with her camera and driver’s license.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” It’s a spectacle, believe me. She is stunning. “I can’t believe I finally got to see one after years of trying,” the photographer said.
While three cops were on duty to safeguard the tortoise from thugs, Shelley was able to take video of the tortoise wandering about in its nest. The turtle returned to the water after all of the excitement it had caused among the locals.