800 pounds? That's one ginormous turtle!

A leatherback sea turtle was seen on a Florida beach recently. Photo: Jimmy Golian

Visitors to a beach in Brevard County, Florida, recently were treated to the sight of an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle nested next to the Indialantic Boardwalk by Fifth Avenue.

The enormous species startled beachgoers, according to a story on floridatoday.com.

"It was a shock. You walked down from the boardwalk, and it was right there," said West Melbourne nature photographer Jimmy Golian.

A University of Central Florida researcher found a metal identification tag on the reptile's left rear flipper, when it was tagged in March 2016 by Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. Her name is Vienna.

Photo: Jimmy Golian

Leatherback sea turtles, the world’s largest, are an endangered species averaging six feet long and weighing 500 to 1,500 pounds.

Golian said the Indialantic leatherback did not return to the sea until about one hour after sunrise.

For more on this story, click here: https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/05/21/massive-800-pound-sea-turtle-nests-downtown-indialantic-during-daylight/5236717002/

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