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Video captures rare daytime sea turtle hatching on Edisto Beach

Turtles make their way toward the Atlantic Ocean Sunday (Source: Courtney Beeks) Turtles make their way toward the Atlantic Ocean Sunday (Source: Courtney Beeks)
A turtle on Edisto Beach Sunday morning after it just hatched (Source: Courtney Beeks) A turtle on Edisto Beach Sunday morning after it just hatched (Source: Courtney Beeks)
Two turtles make their way toward the ocean (Source: Courtney Beeks) Two turtles make their way toward the ocean (Source: Courtney Beeks)
Turtles make their way out of the nest Sunday (Source: Courtney Beeks) Turtles make their way out of the nest Sunday (Source: Courtney Beeks)
EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

Visitors who arrived early on Sunday morning received quite a treat at Edisto Beach. 

Courtney Beeks, who volunteers with the Edisto Beach Turtle project witnessed a sea turtle nest hatch with dozens of sea turtles coming out of a nest. It's known as a boil because the turtles look like a pot of water boiling over when they come out of the nest. 

Usually, sea turtles come out of the nest at night, relying on the moonlight reflecting off the water to guide them toward the ocean. It's part of the reason coastal residents are encouraged to keep their lights off at night so the sea turtles don't get disoriented. 

Loggerhead turtles are some of the most common in South Carolina, which lay eggs from May to August. Roughly 60 days later, the turtles hatch and make a run for the water.

According to SCDNR, there are 1940 turtle nests on South Carolina beaches so far this season. 

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