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Sea Turtle Nest Hatches on PCB

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As a crowd of people watched, a nest of Loggerhead sea turtles hatched on the beach, Tuesday.

Sea turtle nests usually hatch during the night time hours when the sand is cool and the sky is dark. This particular group of sea turtles decided not to follow the traditional path.

Volunteers from Turtle Watch said that they got their first report of the hatching early in the morning.

Four baby turtles came at random times throughout the day then an additional 60 turtles made their way to shore around 7:45pm.

Observers were in awe as the group of turtles made their way to the water.

"It was absolutely wonderful," said Kathi Walsh, Observer. "The tiny little things were about the size of your palm, they come out slow and then all of a sudden it's like they sense the water and take off."

"I have never seen anyone not affected by it," Barbara Sarber, Turtle Watch Volunteer. "When you witness it, it's just truly amazing.. it has a big effect on you."

This is one of 38 sea turtle nests along Panama City Beach.