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Updated: 07/07/2014 09:59:58AM

First hatchlings emerge as turtle nesting continues

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PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Angela Tupper (left) and Anna Gubbins, interns for Mote Marine Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, are all smiles as they help with the Nighttime Tagging Program at Nokomis Beach.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

With the aid of special red lights, Angela Tupper measures a sea turtle as Anna Gubbins takes notes after the turtle has laid its eggs.

By KIM COOL

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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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