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Sarasota County hosted its third annual Seagrass Survey on April 29. Volunteers ventured around the Sarasota Bay to count and identify seagrass species.

Sarasota County surveys seagrass

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Sarasota County hosted its third annual Seagrass Survey on April 29. Volunteers ventured around the Sarasota Bay to count and identify seagrass species.

Samuel Long, 9, shows off the sea urchin he found before releasing it back in the water.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Samuel Long, 9, shows off the sea urchin he found before releasing it back in the water.

Oliver Long, 4, shows off a sea urchin him and his brother found before releasing it back in the water.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Oliver Long, 4, shows off a sea urchin him and his brother found before releasing it back in the water.

Tommy Vaughan-Birch waves before getting back in a boat at the third annual Seagrass Survey.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Tommy Vaughan-Birch waves before getting back in a boat at the third annual Seagrass Survey.

Volunteers were assigned hectagon-shaped spaces of the Sarasota Bay to survey. When they found seagrass, they either filled out forms or used an app to send information back to the county’s Seagrass Monitoring Program.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Volunteers were assigned hectagon-shaped spaces of the Sarasota Bay to survey. When they found seagrass, they either filled out forms or used an app to send information back to the county’s Seagrass Monitoring Program.

Ronda Ryan, Larry Stults and Rusty Chinnis of the Sarasota Bay Watch

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Ronda Ryan, Larry Stults and Rusty Chinnis of the Sarasota Bay Watch

Charlene Donnelly, Tammie Averso, Dawn DiFoggio and Mike Herron of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Charlene Donnelly, Tammie Averso, Dawn DiFoggio and Mike Herron of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch

Kim Walsh paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Kim Walsh paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Maddie Walsh, 9, paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Maddie Walsh, 9, paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Maddie Walsh, 9, paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Maddie Walsh, 9, paints a coral reef replica at the Seagrass Survey on April 29.

Oliver, 4, and Samuel Long, 9

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Oliver, 4, and Samuel Long, 9

David and Thea Janes participated in the Seagrass Survey and said they saw a lot of new growth in the water.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

David and Thea Janes participated in the Seagrass Survey and said they saw a lot of new growth in the water.

Kaitlyn Fusco and Any Hernden of Mote Marine Laboratory

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Kaitlyn Fusco and Any Hernden of Mote Marine Laboratory

Lisa Bohn and Darcy Young

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Lisa Bohn and Darcy Young

Sunnie Brenneman and Katie McHugh of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Sunnie Brenneman and Katie McHugh of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Marcia Poloski and Alyssa Concannon

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Marcia Poloski and Alyssa Concannon

Alexis Rosebrock 5, plays an educational game at the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program table.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Alexis Rosebrock 5, plays an educational game at the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program table.

Daniel DiSalvo and Thomas Ingran

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Daniel DiSalvo and Thomas Ingran

Darby DiSalvo and Isabel Barrios

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

Darby DiSalvo and Isabel Barrios

John Matson, Mary McClure and Mike Fontaine

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 |

John Matson, Mary McClure and Mike Fontaine

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