FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle has laid eggs in Delaware and officials say it's a rare event for the state.
Rob Hossler is wildlife administrator for the state's fish and wildlife division. He tells The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, that the turtle laid eggs Sunday on Fenwick Island's beach. The loggerhead turtle is federally listed as an endangered and threatened species.
Beach patrol captain Tim Ferry says residents saw the turtle come ashore to nest and called police. He says the patrol and police alerted state officials and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute.
Institute director Suzanne Thurman says workers moved the 78 eggs to Fenwick Island State Park and are handling their safety.
Ferry says the last time a sea turtle came ashore and laid eggs on a Delaware beach was in 2011.
Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/