Turtle season begins in less than a month

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 05:06 PM.

After a long cold winter in the Florida Panhandle, it is almost May, and that means turtle season.

South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers will begin their early morning walks at daybreak on May 1, when the season officially begins for South Walton.

But before the season even begins, SWTW has been called about three strandings.

The first was a dead Kemp's Ridley that was found.

The second was a live alligator snapping turtle that was turned over to the South Walton Tourist Development Council.

Last Saturday a young green turtle was caught by a fisherman on a hook and line. The fisherman did not cut the line and a SWTW volunteer took the turtle to Gulf World to be checked out, and was later released back into the Gulf.

The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all five species of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered.

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