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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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