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Biological Sampling: Sea Turtle Data Collection
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Collecting sea turtle data © FLMNH
Sea turtles are not commonly caught in the large coastal shark bottom long-line fishery. However because all species of sea turtles are considered either threatened or endangered, certain techniques must be employed when one is caught. This includes de-hooking and releasing all live sea turtles and tagging, taken a biopsy, and measuring all turtles small enough to be brought onboard. All observers must go through a two-day training session detailing the proper techniques for handling and releasing sea turtles.







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Measuring a sea turtle © FLMNH


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Tagging a sea turtle © FLMNH