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2013 Sea Turtle season kicks off in St. Johns County

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Updated: 5/01/2013 6:51 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.-- They're green, egg-laying machines. Sea turtles are once again trying to rear their young.

"The females are basically coming up to lay some eggs," said Tara Dodson with St. Johns County Beach Management.

Sea turtle nesting season in St. Johns County officially begins May 1, meaning there are guidelines to follow. Cars are not allowed on the beach from 7:30 p.m to 8:30 a.m. and flashlights, headlights and any other light need to be turned off.

"It's a small price to pay to keep them surviving," beachgoer Don Stewart said.

The last three years have been record seasons. In 2010, 868 nests were found in St. Johns County. There were 627 in 2011 and 704 in 2012.

For the most part, hatchlings make their move to the ocean at night. A number of things can go wrong during their journey, but beach officials want to make sure we're doing our part to make it easier.

"We don't know what we're going to see this year. We're excited to find out," Dodson said.

Sea turtle nesting season officially runs through October 31. Endangered species are protected by county, state, and federal laws which can impose fines up to $20,000.
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RiverRat - 5/2/2013 12:42 PM
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I Love Sea Turtles - they taste like pork.

Realchange - 5/2/2013 12:15 AM
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Peons should remember its now the animals who have rights to the beaches. Failure of peons to follow numerous bad laws on the books will result in jail time and fines. If you continue to excerise your freedom you will be dealt with. Peons may not dig on beaches.Animals may and so can universities at will. Peons may not drive their cars on most fla beaches the few they still can are under constant non ending attack day an night. Jax last drive on beach is under constant assault to be turned into a bird's only beach people are to be banned. Peons may not feed dolphins doing so will result in jail time. Peons may not fish from jetties anymore doing so will result in jail time. In short anything you might do is probably against the law somehow on the books and can result in jail time. Enjoy your freedom, if any is left you can find on the beaches now days.
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