The Associated Press
This photo, provided by Don Lewis and Sue Wieber Nourse, shows a small Green Sea Turtle, one of several warm-water sea turtles rescued on the beach at Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. Most were suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and malnourishment, and are being cared for at the New England Aquarium’s animal care center in Quincy, Mass.
You've heard wildlife officials talk about sea turtles getting disoriented by bright lights on the beach. But chances are you've never seen what actually happens. Take a look at this.
Mark Bullock saw this Loggerhead Sea Turtle heading toward Highway 98 in St. Joe Beach early Thursday morning.
He and 2-other men stopped and put the turtle in the back of their pick-up. They called Gulf County sheriff's deputies, who notified Barbara Eells with the Gulf and East Turtle Patrol program.
Eells say the turtle laid a nest full of eggs overnight, then followed the lights on some nearby beach houses. Her tracks show she was heading toward the highway, but fortunately she could not get passed a fence around one of the homes.
The rescuers hauled the turtle to the nearby Beacon Hill beach access and helped guide the turtle back into the Gulf.
If you have a similar encounter, don't try to help yourself. Instead, do what Mark Bullock did and call local authorities immediately.