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Nearly 200 people gathered to watch a turtle next excavation. (Photos by Lesley Dwyer)

Volunteers excavate turtle nest on Longboat as dozens watch

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Nearly 200 people gathered to watch a turtle next excavation. (Photos by Lesley Dwyer)

Cyndi Seamon educates the group on sea turtle nests and how to protect them.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Cyndi Seamon educates the group on sea turtle nests and how to protect them.

Sam DiGiammarino shows the crowd a picture of a sea turtle caught under a beach chair.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Sam DiGiammarino shows the crowd a picture of a sea turtle caught under a beach chair.

Caleb Jameson and his mom, Brenda, perform a turtle nest excavation.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Caleb Jameson and his mom, Brenda, perform a turtle nest excavation.

Caleb Jameson takes measurements as he excavated the nest.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Caleb Jameson takes measurements as he excavated the nest.

106 shells and four unhatched eggs are removed from a turtle nest on Longboat Key.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

106 shells and four unhatched eggs are removed from a turtle nest on Longboat Key.

Lois Gillen records the number of shells and eggs removed.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Lois Gillen records the number of shells and eggs removed.

Brenda and Caleb Jameson pull egg shells out of a loggerhead turtle nest.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Brenda and Caleb Jameson pull egg shells out of a loggerhead turtle nest.

Turtle egg shells are soft, not brittle like chicken egg shells.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Turtle egg shells are soft, not brittle like chicken egg shells.

LBKTW volunteers Brenda and Caleb Jameson finish up a turtle nest excavation.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

LBKTW volunteers Brenda and Caleb Jameson finish up a turtle nest excavation.

Children curiously peer into the empty turtle nest.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Children curiously peer into the empty turtle nest.

Four unhatched eggs and 106 turtle shells are removed from a loggerhead nest on Longboat Key.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Four unhatched eggs and 106 turtle shells are removed from a loggerhead nest on Longboat Key.

Children touching the egg shells after the excavation.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Children touching the egg shells after the excavation.

Tim Thurman warns Reagan Ziegler to wash her hands after touching the shells and eggs.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Tim Thurman warns Reagan Ziegler to wash her hands after touching the shells and eggs.

An empty turtle nest after LBKTW performed an excavation on Aug. 1.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

An empty turtle nest after LBKTW performed an excavation on Aug. 1.

The crowd lingers to watch sunset after the excavation.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

The crowd lingers to watch sunset after the excavation.

A smaller group releases three hatchlings into the Gulf of Mexico after a public nest excavation.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

A smaller group releases three hatchlings into the Gulf of Mexico after a public nest excavation.

One of three turtle hatchlings released into the gulf by LBKTW on August 1.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

One of three turtle hatchlings released into the gulf by LBKTW on August 1.

A hatchling nears the waves, ready for its first swim.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

A hatchling nears the waves, ready for its first swim.

Two hatchlings head out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

Two hatchlings head out to the Gulf of Mexico.

A sea turtle hatchling enters the water for the first time.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 |

A sea turtle hatchling enters the water for the first time.

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