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.