HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) - A female loggerhead
turtle has been returned to the sea after rescuers pulled her from a
pool at the Port Royal Plantation in Hilton Head.
The Island Packet reported that a resident called authorities Saturday when the 250-pound turtle was discovered.
Amy Tressler of the Coastal
Discovery Museum's Sea Turtle Protection program says it's rare for an
adult turtle to be attracted to artificial lights. She says the healthy
turtle became disoriented after nesting.
Firefighters guided the turtle onto a body board, then strapped her to it. Four firefighters carried her to the Atlantic Ocean.
Authorities say residents
should obey the "lights out" ordinance in effect on Hilton Head until
Oct. 31, which requires lights in beach-front homes be turned off or
covered from 10 p.m. until dawn.