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Viewers of BBC One nature programme Blue Planet Live were left in shock on Sunday night after a seagull appeared to eat a baby turtle on live television.
Presenter Liz Bonnin was helping a group of hatchling turtles make it from a beach into the sea around Australia’s Heron Island when millions of viewers saw the seagull swoop.
It appeared to walk away with one of the baby turtles in its beak.
Viewers took to social media to express their horror at what had happened.
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Ms Bonnin said: “We’ve watched them come up to the sands of Heron to nest and we’ve also had the great privilege of watching precious new lives, little hatchings emerging from nests and making it in the big blue.”
A bucket of baby turtles was then emptied on to the shore in the hope the animals would scuttle into the sea.
Did a seagull just snatch a baby turtle as she was talking??? #BluePlanetLive
— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) March 31, 2019
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 31, 2019
— Molly King (@MollyKing01) March 31, 2019
“They’re going to spend hundreds of years in our oceans if all goes well,” said Ms Bonnin.
But then the seagull struck, grabbing one of the turtles in its beak and then disappeared from view.