Published: Sep 05, 2013 9:48 AM EDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is helping a marine scientist release 300 sea turtle hatchlings by hand off the coast of Boca Raton.
    
On Thursday, crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale will assist Melanie Stadler, a marine scientist with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
    
A press release from the Coast Guard says it's committed to protecting endangered species.
    
The hatchlings come from turtle nests from beaches throughout Florida, a primary nesting ground for loggerhead sea turtles. The turtles are being released as part of a program run by the marine center.

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