Tiny sea turtles hatching along Florida Panhandle beaches

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of tiny turtle hatchlings are making their way to sea thanks to help from a Panhandle volunteer group.

Turtle Watch of Panama City Beach monitors turtle nests and helps the hatchlings make their way to the water if they become disoriented from overly bright beach lights.

The group also relocates some nests that are laid too close to surf and are at risk of being washed into the ocean before the eggs hatch.

Nancy Evou, a Turtle Watch coordinator, tells the Panama City News Herald, that the group found its first nest on May 12 this year. Only five of the hatchlings from that nest made their way to the water on their own, 69 became disoriented from the lights and needed help from the volunteers.

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