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Giant sea turtle photobombs wedding

Giant Turtle Photobombs Beach Wedding Pictures

A wedding crasher made a pretty unexpected addition to one couple's wedding photos. The happy duo likely didn't expect a giant turtle to attend their beach wedding. The photos quickly went viral when Redditor In3 posted the photos.

Photos courtesy of Jason and Kate Crowe

A giant sea turtle washed up on shore during picture time, possibly taking the spotlight off the bride for a little while. Jason and Kate Crowe chose St. Croix for their destination wedding, and got a true island experience when a leatherback turtle came up on the beach behind them while they were capturing their treasured moments.

The couple was surprised, but also thought it was pretty cool -- it's not like they were going to challenge this uninvited guest! Leatherbacks are the largest breed of living turtles in the world, and while this one didn't bring a gift, it actually gave the couple a special experience.

The Crowes say the turtle dug a hole in the sand, laid eggs, covered them up and then went back into the ocean. They didn't even have to pay extra for the National Geographic package upgrade.

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nuttberry May 21 2014 at 1:03 PM

Cool! A wonderful wedding gift.

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m4christ2 May 21 2014 at 2:26 PM

i would feel honored. they are lovely creatures. they can come to my wedding, anytime.

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fmasone May 21 2014 at 1:11 PM


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Bill May 21 2014 at 2:54 PM

Very cool indeed..........
(the announcer, "Mara", is certainly annoying though)

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David S. Bill May 21 2014 at 4:01 PM

You got that right.....I muzzled her about five seconds into it.

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pschemke May 21 2014 at 4:25 PM

Totally cool.

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Charlie May 21 2014 at 2:46 PM

It did not wash up. It swam up and walked out.

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BRUCE May 21 2014 at 3:44 PM

Little does the groom know that this is an omen and he better have a good job because she is going to crawl off some where and lay two dozen eggs.

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DIANNE BRUCE May 21 2014 at 5:04 PM

Depending on the species, the sea turtle lays from 50 up to 200 eggs per clatch. They can lay several clatch's a season; May through November. They do not crawl off somewhere, they swim ashore with a specific destination in mind. The motto of the sea turtle is "take it slow & steady." Seeing as though the female turtle does 99.9% of the work in keeping the species alive, your advice to the groom should have been," help her out now & then." Facts, Bruce, facts; otherwise, your comment sounds really elementary.

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John DIANNE May 21 2014 at 6:02 PM

False on that 99.9% number. Turtles grow up alone....

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BRUCE DIANNE May 22 2014 at 4:53 AM

Don't understand humor do you.....

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kcarthey May 21 2014 at 2:38 PM

Last winter I had the opportunity to visit a beach where thousands of turtles were emerging from the sea to lay their eggs. While we were kept at some distance this experience was only equaled by that of returning a few months later to see the eggs hatch and the little ones struggle back to the ocean.
More than any other time in my life I realized though how much changes, how very little changes.

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JIM May 21 2014 at 1:21 PM

You never know when a turtle will show up. I was swimming in the Gulf off of Southern Florida when a turtle just swam up almost next to me. It swam off shortly later, and I wasn't swimming with a camera, but it was cool to have one of those guys within feet of you when in the water, after you realize what it is.

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Joy JIM May 21 2014 at 3:12 PM

i actually would have been scared.

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d1anaw May 21 2014 at 1:57 PM

Pretty funny. Nice to see she isn't one of those brides who wants to sue someone because the turtle "ruined" her whole wedding.

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