Why Floridians Are Accidentally Drowning Baby Tortoises

At least three people tried to release tortoises into the ocean after mistaking them for sea turtles.
0:34 | 04/08/15

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Some Floridians thought they were doing a favor for some baby turtles but it turn out. Not so much at least three times last month folks have tried to help gopher tortoise actually make their way down the beach and into the ocean. That they he is gopher tortoises camps and what led to the confusion is gopher tortoise is nest in sand dunes just like the other. I sea turtle species just so you know gopher tortoises have claws on each count compared to sea turtle but at flippers. Officials say identification can usually be made without handling reptiles.

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