Published: Aug 19, 2011 4:41 PM EDT

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) - Researchers will be studying sea turtles at a Palm Beach County lagoon.
    
The South Florida county has hired Inwater Research Group to monitor the turtles at Lake Worth Lagoon, a large body of water connected to the Atlantic Ocean.
    
During the study, turtles will be captured in large mesh tangle nets, removed quickly, measured and then have a blood sample taken.
    
Officials say the sea turtles provide a valuable indicator of the lagoon's health. Many juvenile green sea turtles spend a portion of their life cycle in the lagoon.
    
The study is funded by a Sea Turtle Conservancy grant.

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