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Updated: 11/14/2017 02:37:24PM

Sea turtles stayed busy on beaches in 2017

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PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

These are tracks left by a sea turtle that came ashore to lay eggs.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

Two Mote Marine volunteers patrol a Venice beach, looking for sea turtle nests and hatchlings.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

Here, a sea turtle makes his way to the Gulf shortly after hatching.

By LARRY EVANS

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From Longboat Key south to Venice, sea turtles came ashore and laid nests about 600 times a week during the 2016 and 2017 nesting seasons.

Those numbers come from Kristen Mazzarella, senior biologist with the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

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