Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
Holly West, Mott Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Care Coordinator, left, and Kelly Sowers, Nature Center Supervisor with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, prepare to release a female loggerhead turtle into the wild off Gullivan Key in the Ten Thousand Islands on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The turtle was a research turtle found in a nest on Sanibel by Florida Atlantic University researchers, according to Barbara Wilson, Director of Marketing for the Conservancy. The turtle release was a joint coordination by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory who have cared for the loggerhead turtle since it was a hatchling.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Holly West, Mott Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Care Coordinator, left, and Kelly Sowers, Nature Center Supervisor with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, prepare to release a female loggerhead turtle into the wild off Gullivan Key in the Ten Thousand Islands on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The turtle was a research turtle found in a nest on Sanibel by Florida Atlantic University researchers, according to Barbara Wilson, Director of Marketing for the Conservancy. The turtle release was a joint coordination by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory who have cared for the loggerhead turtle since it was a hatchling.

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