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Real estate’s ‘Turtle Tsar’ lends a hand

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"They don't ask for much," said Mike Reynolds. "They don't attack anybody. All they ask is a little piece of dry sand." Reynolds was trying to explain his affection for the sea turtles that nest near Gulf Shores, Ala., which he often spends 18 hours a day trying to protect. And as the unofficial "Turtle Tsar" of Alabama, he's really got his hands full now. The reason, it almost goes without saying, is the BP oil spill that raged in the Gulf of Mexico for months and ended up fouling 47 miles of Alabama coastline. But it isn't the coast that's his deepest worry -- it's the oil-coated sargasso grass offshore that the sea turtles are attracted to; now, the grass poses a threat to the reptiles because of the danger that they, too, will end up coated with oil. For the past decade, Reynolds and hundreds of fellow volunteers have gone to extraordinary lengths to help the baby turtles that hatch on the beach make it out to the sea and eventually to t...