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Maryland Coastal Bays Conducts Annual Terrapin Survey

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SINEPUXENT BAY, Md.- Maryland Coastal Bays officials went out on the Sinepuxent Bay on Friday to conduct their annual terrapin survey.

This year was the seventh year for the organization's survey. Officials said that last year they counted around 508 terrapins.

On Friday, those on board the boat counted nearly 60, a number Program Manager Katherine Phillips said reflects that it was a good survey day.

Sinepuxent Bay is known to be a body of water where you can see a good number  of terrapins, officials said. 

"So, right now they're aggregating. So they're grouping up in bunches and it's a really easy time to spot them and you can see them in larger numbers," Phillips said.

Roman Jesien, science coordinator for Maryland Coastal Bays, said the data they collect has a lot of importance.

"The data is being used by the Department of Natural Resources for planning purposes. it also could be used for places to identify as being critical for habitat, places to keep away from in terms of development," Jesien said. 

Maryland Coastal Bays said it will not have the results of this year's survey for a couple of weeks. 

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