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Pink flags donning Mote Marine Laboratory line the turtle's pathway.

Turtle trackers hit the beach daily

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Pink flags donning Mote Marine Laboratory line the turtle's pathway.

Senior biologist Melissa Bernhard jots down notes about the turtle tracks.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Senior biologist Melissa Bernhard jots down notes about the turtle tracks.

Sea turtle nesting season runs from May through October on the Gulf Coast. Orange nets mark where nests are to keep the turtles safe.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Sea turtle nesting season runs from May through October on the Gulf Coast. Orange nets mark where nests are to keep the turtles safe.

Pink flags donning Mote Marine Laboratory warn beach goers not to remove them.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Pink flags donning Mote Marine Laboratory warn beach goers not to remove them.

Melissa Bernhard checks the percentage of beach that the turtle crawled up the beach.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Melissa Bernhard checks the percentage of beach that the turtle crawled up the beach.

Sea turtles are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

Sea turtles are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

After all of the data is taken down, Melissa Bernhard draws an X through the turtle path.

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

After all of the data is taken down, Melissa Bernhard draws an X through the turtle path.

The pink flags are removed after the data is taken so that the path doesn't get mistaken for new tracks,

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 |

The pink flags are removed after the data is taken so that the path doesn't get mistaken for new tracks,

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