A research survey crew in charge of keeping track of how many sea turtle eggs hatch on a beach in South Carolina were shocked and delighted to discover a two-headed loggerhead.
According to the South Carolina State Park’s Facebook post, the turtle was discovered crawling out of its hatching nest on a beach 45 miles outside Charleston in Edisto Beach State Park.
The marine researchers worry that the turtle had a slim chance of survival in the wild but decided to release it into the ocean along with the others and let nature take its course.
According to the Facebook page, the loggerhead sea turtle program has been in existence since 1982 at the Edisto Beach State Park and averages about 80 nests every season.
According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, internationally, loggerheads are listed as vulnerable, but in the United States, they are listed as threatened under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act.
Thousands of sea turtles hatch every year on the beaches in the southeastern U.S., but sadly, only one in an estimated 10,000 turtles will survive to adulthood.