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- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb and aquarist Whitney Swain carry a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, to a boat waiting at the Goodland Boating Park in preparation for the turtle's release on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.

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DAVID ALBERS/STAFF - Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb and aquarist Whitney Swain carry a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, to a boat waiting at the Goodland Boating Park in preparation for the turtle's release on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags. They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.

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- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb and aquarist Whitney Swain carry a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, to a boat waiting at the Goodland Boating Park in preparation for the turtle's release on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb and aquarist Whitney Swain carry a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, to a boat waiting at the Goodland Boating Park in preparation for the turtle's release on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb loads a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, onto a boat waiting at the Goodland Boating Park in preparation for the turtle's release on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
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- Conservancy of Southwest Florida employees transport a container holding Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, to a release location near Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
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- White pelicans fly over Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands near Goodland on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida employees prepare to release Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, at a location in Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb prepares to release Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, in Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands near Goodland on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank.  The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb prepares to release Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, in Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands near Goodland on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank.  The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida education director David Webb releases Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, into Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands near Goodland on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank. The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.
  • DAVID ALBERS/STAFF
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida employees watch Sassy, a female loggerhead turtle, after the turtle's release into Gullivan Bay in the Ten Thousand Islands near Goodland on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.  The juvenile loggerhead was hatched on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2011 and became the first creature living in the Conservancy Nature Center's new 5,000-gallon saltwater tank.  The turtle also spent two months in a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Researchers equipped the turtle with identification tags.  They hope the turtle will return to Southwest Florida in about 20 years to nest.

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