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Luis Villalon and Deena Delany, volunteers with the Volusia County Turtle Patrol, started their Fourth of July checking on turtle nests in the northern part of the county. Photo by Jacque Estes

Kemp’s Ridley turtles making early appearance on Volusia beaches

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Luis Villalon and Deena Delany, volunteers with the Volusia County Turtle Patrol, started their Fourth of July checking on turtle nests in the northern part of the county. Photo by Jacque Estes

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Volusia County Turtle Patrol volunteer Kathie Bunch fills a hole left by a beach goer. The hole was in front of a nest and baby turtles could fall into in on their way to the sea. Photo by Jacque Estes

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Volusia County Turtle Patrol volunteer Kathie Bunch fills a hole left by a beach goer. The hole was in front of a nest and baby turtles could fall into in on their way to the sea. Photo by Jacque Estes

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Volusia County Turtle Patrol crawls up the beach every morning during turtle season in search newly laid nests and to check on those nests already marked. Photo by Jacque Estes

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Volusia County Turtle Patrol crawls up the beach every morning during turtle season in search newly laid nests and to check on those nests already marked. Photo by Jacque Estes

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle seems to smile for the camera. Courtesy photo

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle seems to smile for the camera. Courtesy photo

One of three Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that has come ashore in Volusia County to lay her eggs this season. Courtesy photo

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 |

One of three Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that has come ashore in Volusia County to lay her eggs this season. Courtesy photo

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