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An island in the West Indies off northern Haiti. It was a pirate refuge in the 1600s.
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(Placename) an island in the Caribbean, off the NW coast of Haiti: haunt of pirates in the 17th century. Area: 180 sq km (70 sq miles). French name: La Tortue
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(tɔrˈtu gə)

an island off the N coast of and belonging to Haiti: formerly a pirate stronghold. 70 sq. mi. (180 sq. km).
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Dreadful stories they were--about hanging, and walking the plank, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main.
11365 that declared that part of the coastal area at Barangay Tortugas in Balanga City as a 'responsible, community-based ecotourism zone.'
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law declaring the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park (BWNP) located in Barangay Tortugas, City of Balanga, Bataan as a community-based ecotourism zone.
Silver is the official airline of the Minor League Baseball team Daytona Tortugas and also partners with the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football league.
The 35-minute flight from Key West airport to Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas America'sm Tortugas, America's national park, was magical.
En Mexico, los estudios de epibiosis predominantes son los relacionados con sistemas de manglar (Salgado-Barragan & Hendrickx 2002a, b; GarciaGuerrero & Hendrickx 2003; Ruiz & Lopez-Portillo 2014), mientras que en organismos marinos de gran tamano como tortugas marinas, cocodrilos, manaties y cetaceos, el registro de la epibiota que les acompana es escaso.
CLOSED AREAS: Pennekamp State Park, Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, Keys Sanctuary "No-Take" Zones, Biscayne/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary; also seasonal closed areas in populated areas of the Keys around shorelines, canals and marinas; see for complete regulations.
Elias National Park & Preserve to Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.