Turtle troubleWeeks of torrential rains have taken their toll on nesting sea turtles. Beachgoers should keep their eyes open for nests and eggs that may be washed out by flood waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has received numerous reports of stranded hatchlings. Some were washed out of their nests; others swept back to the beach after sea weed blocked their swim offshore. If you come across live hatchlings on the beach, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). An operator will tell you where to take the baby turtles, which should be placed in a damp towel and kept in the dark in a bucket or other container. Divers down Lobster and scallop seasons are under way so divers and snorkelers should remember to fly their diver down flag. The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal stripe. A divers-down flag displayed on a boat must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed at a high point where it can be observed from 360 degrees around the vessel. A divers-down flag or buoy, displayed from the water, must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. A flag must have a wire or other stiffener to hold it open and a buoy can be three- or four-sided. All vessels must make reasonable effort to stay at least 100 feet away from a divers-down flag or buoy within a river, inlet or channel. In open waters, vessels must make a reasonable effort to stay 300 feet away. For safety, divers should stay within those same distances of their displayed flag or buoy. Compiled by Terry Tomalin. Send your news and notes to TTomalin@TampaBay.com or call (727) 893-8808.