Please learn the difference between tortoises and sea turtles, say Florida wildlife officials

April 6, 2015 4:39 PM

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Please learn the difference between tortoises and sea turtles, say Florida wildlife officials

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to have a word with those who have been mistaking the gopher tortoises for sea turtles and dropping their hatchlings in the ocean.

In a press release, the FWC asked the public to learn the difference between tortoises, which are usually land animals that uses its strong forelimbs to dig burrows, and sea turtles, which are primarily marine creatures that with feet adapted to swimming.

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