800-pound dinosaur-like sea turtle spotted nesting on a Florida beach

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INDIALANTIC, Florida (WJW) — Sea turtle nesting season is now in full swing, and just last week, an 800-pound turtle was discovered protecting a nest on the beaches of central Florida.

Any sighting of a leatherback sea turtle is awe-inspiring, but to see such a large one is something to treasure, the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, shared in a post last Thursday.

On social media, the research group pointed out that the turtle spotted in Indialantic does look somewhat like a dinosaur.

They also said that if you come upon a turtle nest or a turtle nesting, do leave it alone.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, leatherbacks, which are endangered, can weigh anywhere from 500 pounds to 1,500 pounds.

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