Will Acosta was enjoying his early morning run on the beach on June 24 when he witnessed something that many people never get to see — a sea turtle crawling ashore.
Acosta, a 25-year-old Georgia native, was running on the area of the beach between Apache Pier and Wyndham SeaWatch Plantation on the north side of Myrtle Beach, when he saw a few people gathered around.
“I was like, ‘Well that’s kinda weird for someone to be gathered, I wonder what they’re looking at,’” he said.
It was at that moment when Acosta saw a large sea turtle crawling ashore, which he estimated was 80 - 100 pounds.
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“At first I was stunned I guess you could say, I’ve been to the beach my whole life and have never seen a sea turtle like that,” he said. “I saw it and I was like ‘Oh my gosh,” and I put it on Snapchat real quick of course.”
Acosta said he was thankful for what he called a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever see another sea turtle like that again,” he said.
Acosta started recording but then stopped.
“I kind of put the cell phone up and stood there kind of just admiring it for a few minutes because it’s kind of one of those things where you don’t want to look at it through the lens of your phone,” he said. “You want to be able to say you witnessed it with your own two eyes instead of a screen, especially something like that.”
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles