Turtle Watch and FWC excavate tagged sea turtle’s nest

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A screenshot taken Aug. 17 shows Bortie, a female sea turtle wearing a satellite-tracking device since June 20, migrated south to the waters between Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. To track Bortie, go online to https://conserveturtles.org/trackingmap/?id=191
About 20 people gather at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach just after sunrise Aug. 17 to watch as AMITW volunteers Barbara O’Toole, left, and Lee Zerkel excavate a nest that hatched three days earlier. The nest contained 91 hatched eggs and one unhatched egg. The nest was laid June 20 by a loggerhead named Bortie. A tracking device was mounted atop Bortie’s carapace after she nested. She is AMITW’s entry — sponsored by Bortell’s Tavern — in Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles, an international sea turtle marathon. Islander Photos: Courtesy AMITW/Amy Waterbury
Luciano Soares, assistant research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, attends an Aug. 17 AMITW excavation of a sea turtle nest. Soares told the group he was there to collect a sample and by analyzing yoke material from an unhatched egg, determine “where this female was from and what food she ate.”

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