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Updated: 09/23/2013 03:50:49PM

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SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG
This sea turtle, nicknamed Hope, makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Carla Weatherholt of Rotonda counts the egg shells that occupied a nest. This one nest held 179 eggs. Of those, 141 loggerheads hatched.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Carla Weatherholt of Rotonda counts the egg shells that occupied a nest. This one nest held 179 eggs. Of those, 141 loggerheads hatched.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG
Jane Merritt,of Rotonda notices some sea turtle hatchlings may have found their way out of the nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead makes its way to the sea, but the odds are still against him as only one in about 1,000 make it to adulthood.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead sea turtle is barely bigger than some shells right now, but it could become about 240 pounds.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead makes its way to the sea, but the odds are still against him as only one in about 1,000 make it to adulthood.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Pam Davis and Carla Weatherholt excavate a loggerhead nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Pam Davis and Carla Weatherholt excavate a loggerhead nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This little sea turtle leaves behind the "turtle tracks" as it heads for the water.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This little sea turtle leaves behind the "turtle tracks" as it heads for the water.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Wilma Katz takes a photo of a trail left by an armadillo searching for a turtle nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead makes its way to the sea, but the odds are still against him as only one in about 1,000 make it to adulthood.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Pam Davis and Carla Weatherholt excavate a loggerhead nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This little sea turtle leaves behind the "turtle tracks" as it heads for the water.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead sea turtle is barely bigger than some shells right now, but it could become about 240 pounds.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Wilma Katz takes a photo of a trail left by an armadillo searching for a turtle nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This sea turtle, nicknamed Hope, makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This little sea turtle leaves behind the "turtle tracks" as it heads for the water.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This loggerhead sea turtle is barely bigger than some shells right now, but it could become about 240 pounds.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This sea turtle, nicknamed Hope, makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Pam Davis and Carla Weatherholt excavate a loggerhead nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Pam Davis and Carla Weatherholt excavate a loggerhead nest.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This sea turtle, nicknamed Hope, makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

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Hope toddled to the shore, one tiny awkward shuffle at a time.

He reached the waterline, where the waves paved the sand for a smoother stroll to the sea.

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