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      Animals, humans biggest threat to loggerhead nests

      HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - It's been a good year for loggerhead turtle nests on Hilton Head Island, although man's best friend has caused some damage.

      The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that dogs damaged four nests of the federal protected turtle species last week.

      The sea turtle protection manager for the Coastal Discovery Museum, Amber Kuehn, says animals and humans are the biggest threats to nests as the species tries to recover.

      A total of 335 nests were recorded on the island's beaches this year and in nearly half of them the eggs have hatched. Beaufort County has a total of about 600 nests.

      Loggerheads nest in late spring and their eggs continue to hatch through October.

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      Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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