Turtle Nesting Seasong Starts

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ Turtle nesting season is starting early in southwest Florida.

The Fort Myers News-Press (http://newspr.es/IpSeV3 ) reports volunteers have spotted turtle nests in Captiva Island and Bonita Springs in the past week.

Turtle nesting season typically begins May 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

The newspaper reports that turtle experts say a milder winter kept the Gulf of Mexico warmer, which may have resulted in turtles nesting sooner than usual.

Experts say nesting usually starts when the water temperature reaches 80 degrees.

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