Beachfront proposal proves fatal for baby turtles

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The State reports on a Hilton Head couple whose romantic marriage proposal turned out to be deadly for an an estimated 60 baby sea turtles.

In spite of the light restrictions in place from May to October, the man placed about 150 bags with candles inside of them on the beach in the shape of a heart. After the marriage proposal took place, the couple left the bags to burn out on their own.

An unlucky nest of loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings emerged close by and were so disoriented by the light that none of them made it to the ocean.

Before man came around the sea turtle method of heading towards the bright night ocean proved pretty effective.

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