SARASOTA -- It’s all about babies at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota.
With the recent storms in the area, several hatchlings washed ashore and were brought to Mote to be checked out.
So far this season, Mote has rescued or received about 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings.
The hospital there provides food, care and rest to help the hatchlings recover strength before returning to the wild.
About 300 sea turtles remain in the hatchling hospital at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota.
If you have a question about storm impacts or other issues with sea turtle nests, nesting turtles or hatchlings from Longboat Key through Venice, please call Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at 941-388-4331.
If you see sea turtle hatchlings being washed ashore, please call Mote's sea turtle program at 941-388-4331 for instructions. Please do not put hatchlings in any water or return them to the ocean.
Place them in a bucket with some sand and cover them with a towel and keep them in a dark, cool place without air conditioning. If you call after hours, Mote's automated message system will let you know what to do. Please listen to it carefully. Sea turtle nesting runs May 1-Oct. 31.