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Biologist Kelly Martin records her measurements of Electra, a 5 1/2 foot leatherback turtle nesting on the beach behind the Seminole Golf Club course in Juno Beach. Martin uses a red light which is invisible to turtles. (Photo by Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Biologist Kelly Martin records her measurements of Electra, a 5 1/2 foot leatherback turtle nesting on the beach behind the Seminole Golf Club course in Juno Beach. Martin uses a red light which is invisible to turtles. (Photo by Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
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04 Nov 2013 10:17:00


In this photo illustration, an endangered Chinese box turtle which hatched at Bristol Zoo is placed on a box of matches on August 12, 2008 in Bristol, England. It weighs just 15 grams and measures around 4cm long whereas an adult box turtle weighs around 800 grams, measures around 16 cm long and can live up to 50 years. Chinese box turtles are hunted for their meat for use in medicine or as pets and have been listed as endangered on the International Union for Endangered Species Red List. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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09 Jul 2011 12:16:00
Synchronized Swimming Turtles

These talented turtles have been "snapped" performing for the camera as they practice their synchronized swimming routine. Photographed underwater by Monste Grillo, 36, from Tenerife, Spain, the turtles are seen swimming in unison as well as touching fins as they circle towards the surface. After spending hours in the water off the coast of the Canary Islands in 2012, the photographs capture the gentle nature of the creatures as well as giving a fascinating glimpse into their behavior in the wild. (CATERS NEWS)
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22 Aug 2013 15:56:00
Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) sit in baskets and trays at the turtle camp La Gloria, before their release into the ocean in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)

Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) sit in baskets and trays at the turtle camp La Gloria, before their release into the ocean in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. Twenty years ago, Mexico's government implemented ecological plans to protect the sea turtles from being hunted for their leather and meat and established conservation areas and a pay system for local residents to protect turtle nests. Millions of baby turtles hatch on the shores in November and December, according to an environmental group. It is estimated that in 2012, there were 20 million newborns. Hatching season is still underway, but officials say they expect there will be even more turtles born this year. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)
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25 Nov 2013 08:54:00
People watch as one of two loggerhead sea turtles are released back into the wild at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park after they underwent rehabilitation at Miami Seaquarium

A youngster with the Miami Seaquarium Spring Break Campers group gets a chance to touch one of two loggerhead sea turtles that are prepared to be released back into the wild at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park after undergoing rehabilitation at Miami Seaquarium March 13, 2012 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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14 Mar 2012 08:08:00
A Loggerhead sea turtle named Gal Handless is moved into a large case at the rescue center for sea turtles as it is transferred to the Istanbul Aquarium on May 29, 2013 in Michmoret, Israel. The turtle was rescued after losing her front fins when caught in a fishing net in 2004. She was rehabilitated at the rescue center but could not be returned back to the sea and now after 9 years she is being transferred to her new home at the Istanbul Aquarium in Turkey.   (Photo by Uriel Sinai)

A Loggerhead sea turtle named Gal Handless is moved into a large case at the rescue center for sea turtles as it is transferred to the Istanbul Aquarium on May 29, 2013 in Michmoret, Israel. The turtle was rescued after losing her front fins when caught in a fishing net in 2004. She was rehabilitated at the rescue center but could not be returned back to the sea and now after 9 years she is being transferred to her new home at the Istanbul Aquarium in Turkey. (Photo by Uriel Sinai)
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30 May 2013 11:01:00
Biologists Jenna Cormany (L) and Lauryn Wright of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources help to release a leatherback turtle in Isle of Palms, South Carolina March 12, 2015. (Photo by Randall Hill/Reuters)

Biologists Jenna Cormany (L) and Lauryn Wright of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources help to release a leatherback turtle in Isle of Palms, South Carolina March 12, 2015. The 475-pound turtle was the first living leatherback turtle to be recovered in South Carolina and one of only a handful ever treated at rehabilitation facilities in the United States. It was found March 7 on the beach on Yawkey-South Island Reserve, a 3.5-mile-long (5.6-km-long) barrier island and wildlife preserve near Georgetown, South Carolina. (Photo by Randall Hill/Reuters)
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14 Mar 2015 13:32:00
Volunteers from the South Carolina Aquarium release a rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Volunteers from the South Carolina Aquarium release a rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtles on May 18, 2012 in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The turtle was one of two that were rescued and nursed back to health by the sea turtle hospital at the aquarium. (Photo by Richard Ellis)
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21 May 2012 11:54:00