A Florida girl, 10, saved the lives of 44 baby leatherback turtles with a phone call.

BOCA RATON — A 10-year-old girl saved 44 baby leatherback turtles Tuesday with a call to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

A nest of turtles began hatching at about 2:30 p.m. on the hot sands near the pavilion at South Beach Park along State Road A1A, said Chrissy Gibson, city spokeswoman.

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Some adults poured water onto the sand. Others took smartphone videos of the scene and posted about it on Twitter. But the girl remembered what she learned at a Gumbo Limbo camp and called the nature center just north of the beach, Gibson said.

“Here’s a 10-year-old girl who has the presence and the education to do the right thing while all of these adults are standing around taking videos,” she said.

Because of the girl’s action, 44 of the 68 turtles were rescued and taken to Gumbo Limbo. They will be released later this summer.

This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.