VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The staff at Naval Air Station Oceana Natural Resources have found nesting female loggerhead sea turtles at Dam Neck Beach.

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According to the NAS Oceana Facebook page, staff are also monitoring the sea turtles’ nests and are urging guests to be careful when visiting the beach.

Images obtained by NAS Oceana show sections of the beach being tagged where the sea turtles have nested their eggs.

Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act, making it illegal to harass or harm them.