The first sea turtle hatchlings emerged from their Longboat Key nest on June 22, according to information from Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Program.
Nesting began along Casey Key, Venice and Manasota Key shortly before the official May 1 beginning of sea turtle season. With an average incubation period of 47-60 days along the darker Venice area beaches, there should be plenty of new hatchlings in the next few days.
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