Turtle transport: Handled with care

Endangered gulf sea turtles will begin hatching soon, and wildlife experts fear the worst: that many hatchlings will head straight into the spilled oil and die. So a group of government agencies, assisted by wildlife groups, has orchestrated an unprecedented and risky plan. Beginning Friday, they will excavate hundreds of turtle nests from beaches in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, and FedEx will truck the fragile eggs to the turtle hotbed of Brevard County, Fla., in hopes that many of them will hatch and reach the Atlantic.

Graphic shows how hundreds of turtle nests will be excavated from beaches in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle

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