Leatherback turtle lays eggs on Boca Raton beach

Published On: Mar 18 2014 07:40:07 AM EDT

A 600-pound turtle shocked beach goers after she moved 30 yards out of the water to lay her eggs.

BOCA RATON, Fla. -

A 600-pound leatherback turtle did not let a packed beach stop her from laying eggs.

Beach goers rushed to find their cameras Monday after the sea creature slowly moved out of the water in Boca Raton to give a rare delivery.

Witnesses recall the turtle coming nearly 30 yards out of the water before she dug up a hole, laid the eggs and covered it with sand. 90 minutes later, she was back in the water.

Florida wildlife experts called the daylight delivery a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The leatherback sea turtle is listed as endangered. The turtles often wait until nighttime to lay their eggs.

Typically, sea turtle nesting season runs from March through the end of October,

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