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.