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Endangered sea turtles nesting at record level along southeast U.S. coast

A healthy Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling is held after a hatching inventory on Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

A healthy Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling is held after a hatching inventory on Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

A healthy Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling is held after a hatching inventory on Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files
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South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) area coordinator Phil Schneider uses his shoe to guide an injured hatchling to the surf after a sea turtle inventory on Litchfield Beach, South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) area coordinator Phil Schneider uses his shoe to guide an injured hatchling to the surf after a sea turtle inventory on Litchfield Beach, South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo....more

South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) area coordinator Phil Schneider uses his shoe to guide an injured hatchling to the surf after a sea turtle inventory on Litchfield Beach, South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files
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Turtle volunteers Marianne Glaze (L), Don Pease (C) and Amanda Jenkins take an inventory of a hatched sea turtle nest at Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in this August 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

Turtle volunteers Marianne Glaze (L), Don Pease (C) and Amanda Jenkins take an inventory of a hatched sea turtle nest at Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in this August 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

Turtle volunteers Marianne Glaze (L), Don Pease (C) and Amanda Jenkins take an inventory of a hatched sea turtle nest at Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in this August 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files
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A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes it's way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes it's way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files

A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes it's way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina in this August 17, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Randall Hill/Files
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