sea turtles

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Sea turtle conservation efforts in the Florida Panhandle are getting a million dollar boost to install sea turtle-friendly lighting.

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Florida is in the last few months of its sea turtle nesting season. State wildlife officials say during this critical time for the hatchlings, it’s important the public leaves them alone.

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Florida wildlife officials are continuing to monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin and its impact on sea turtle nests across the state. The storm destroyed several hundred nests, but officials say Floridians can help.

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Turtle nesting season is underway, and Florida wildlife officials are urging the public to be cautious of the sea creatures during this crucial time.

Six Rare Turtles Going Home Thanks To A Growing Initiative

Jul 7, 2015
Six Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles are going back home.
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Local wildlife officials are releasing a rare group of sea turtles back into the ocean. An initiative to preserve the animals is gaining momentum around the state and country.

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It’s been five years since the Gulf oil spill, and five seasons of sea turtle nesting later, the St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers haven’t seen any abnormalities.

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Thursday marks the beginning of the loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle’s six month nesting season and wildlife officials are warning people to steer clear of potential nests to prevent scaring the parents back into the ocean before laying their eggs.

Gainesville’s Sea Turtle Conservancy is the largest sea turtle nonprofit in Florida. Its Policy Coordinator, Gary Appelson confirms the endangered, seafaring reptiles’ population is rebounding – mostly a result of their status under the Endangered Species Act.

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An otherwise popular piece of legislation saw one of its amendments defeated last week when environmentalists balked at changing rules concerning the release of balloons. It’s a battle over how many balloons are released at one time and what happens to them when they fly away.