Rare turtle rescued from trap near Marco Island

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Rare turtle rescued from trap near Marco Island

On Thursday Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff assisted Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in the rescue of a leatherback sea turtle, a rare species to find on this coast of Florida.

According to a press release from Rookery Bay, a boater approximately three miles west/southwest of Caxambas Pass on Marco Island called the FWC to report the turtle entangled in a crab trap and they contacted reserve staff member Greg Curry (seen in photo).

After he cut the trap line in several places the turtle, a sub-adult, was able to swim free. This endangered sea turtle species nests on the East Coast of Florida and is known to dive deeper and travel farther than most other species of sea turtle.

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