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Volunteers take action to protect loggerhead turtle eggs

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Jul 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-02 19:49:36-04

Kids crowded around sea turtle specialists on the Oceanfront near 57th Street this morning.

A loggerhead turtle laid her eggs on the beach just hours before.

A turtle patrol volunteer saw it all happening and shared photos of the turtle with us.

Click here to view photos. 

Right after she buried the eggs, the turtle headed back to sea.

Since loggerhead turtles are a threatened species in Virginia Beach, the experts stepped in.

They dug through the sand and found the eggs so they can relocate them to protect them from the surf and predators.

The eggs will be taken to Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.

They should hatch in about 65 days.