17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A loggerhead turtle resting while coming ashore to lay its eggs during the late morning on shoreline of Vero Beach.

I was walking the shoreline of Disney's Vero Beach with my family in search of seashells one last time before heading out. I had decided to walk down the right side of the shoreline and I glanced a head to see this giant loggerhead turtle emerge from the ocean to lay her eggs in the late morning. This photo captures the loggerhead turtle crawling to a nearby nest to lay her eggs. Her head held high continuing to climb up shore to lay her eggs.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Copyright: © Greg Cerabona