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Thomas and Streaker, two African spur thigh tortoises, battle it out in the tortoise races at Flagler Beach April 8. Photos by Colleen Michele Jones

Flagler Beach Turtle Fest brings out turtle and tortoise enthusiasts of all kinds

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

Thomas and Streaker, two African spur thigh tortoises, battle it out in the tortoise races at Flagler Beach April 8. Photos by Colleen Michele Jones

Lori Ottlein, a volunteer with the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol, holds Sam, a 26-year-old freshwater turtle.

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

Lori Ottlein, a volunteer with the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol, holds Sam, a 26-year-old freshwater turtle.

Michael Seal, 6, of Palm Coast, a fan of marine biology, pets one of the freshwater turtles wading in a pool.

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

Michael Seal, 6, of Palm Coast, a fan of marine biology, pets one of the freshwater turtles wading in a pool.

Friend or foe? The "race" between two of the giant tortoises on display was declared a virtual "neck-and-neck" tie.

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

Friend or foe? The "race" between two of the giant tortoises on display was declared a virtual "neck-and-neck" tie.

From left to right, volunteers with Flagler' s Save the Gopher Tortoise coalition: Rosemary Myers, Art Woosley, and Elaine Winter.

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

From left to right, volunteers with Flagler' s Save the Gopher Tortoise coalition: Rosemary Myers, Art Woosley, and Elaine Winter.

Mary Ellen Moore, of New Smyrna Beach, had no idea she would have the perfectly themed handbag for the day when she visited friends in Flagler Beach on April 8.

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 |

Mary Ellen Moore, of New Smyrna Beach, had no idea she would have the perfectly themed handbag for the day when she visited friends in Flagler Beach on April 8.

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