The ‘lost’ sea turtle hatchlings were found wandering hotel grounds by Florida deputies.

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Authorities in Florida said deputies responded to a complaint in the early morning hours after seeing a bunch of “extremely lost” sea turtle hatchlings stumbling about a beach hotel.

Sgt. Mackesy, Deputy Lopez, and Deputy Wheeler of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the hotel in St. Pete Beach after a worried security officer retrieved 15 hatchlings and needed assistance to gather the numerous more, according to the sheriff’s office.

The young sea turtles were dispersed throughout the hotel grounds when the deputies got there, including near the pool, some shrubs, a bathroom, and a storm drain.

Mackesy made a call to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Commission officer who was on duty to find out how to help the hatchlings on their first trip.

The officer gave the deputies instructions to release the turtles at the ocean’s edge and let them swim independently toward the water.

The baby sea turtles were discovered around the property of a beach hotel and brought back to the shorelines so they could enter the ocean on their maiden voyage.

Baby sea turtles were found on a beach hotel’s premises, and they were taken back to the shore so they could make their first ocean entry. (Sheriff’s Office of Pinellas County)

On the bodycam video, the three deputies can be seen releasing the sea turtle hatchlings on the sand and using a torch to guide the inexperienced swimmers.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies assisted dozens of sea turtle hatchlings early Tuesday.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helped dozens of sea turtle eggs hatch early on Tuesday. (Sheriff’s Office of Pinellas County)

According to the sheriff’s office, “with a few words of encouragement and instruction, all the hatchlings made their way to the water successfully. We believe that Crush from Finding Nemo would be very pleased of this team and the deputies.

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