The first relocation went well; there were 115 eggs that should hatch approximately 55 days from the date they were laid. Please do not attempt to move nests or interact with sea turtles. Such activity is illegal. Mote personnel are specially permitted to work with sea turtles and their nests. If you are concerned about a nest, hatchlings or adult turtles, please contact Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at 941-388-4331.
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Photos below depict Jaime Neill, Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program's lead technician on Longboat Key, carefully placing sea turtle eggs into their new egg cavity. Mote Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers Jon Prettyman and Denise Tarutis pose with the newly relocated nest staked off.