Critically Endangered Sea Turtle Released from CROW

provided to Santiva Chronicle

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of the smallest and most critically endangered of all sea turtles, has been released from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife after accidentally ingesting a fishing hook.

The turtle was accidentally hooked by a fisherman on the Fort Myers Beach pier on Saturday, July 20. The fisherman immediately contacted CROW for help and volunteers for Turtle Time, Inc. came to the aid of the turtle. The turtle was transported by boat to Sanibel Island where CROW Staff were waiting at the dock to transport it to the wildlife hospital.

Veterinarians at the wildlife hospital anesthetized the turtle and were able to safely remove the hook. Luckily, the hook was embedded at the back of the mouth and veterinarians used bolt cutters to clip the barb of the hook and easily remove the hook. The turtle was tagged with flipper tags and a microchip before being cleared for release.

Anyone who accidentally hooks a sea turtle, do not cut the line or release the turtle. Reel it in slowly and immediately contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at (888) 404-FWCC (3922) or CROW at (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.

To learn more about how to prevent entanglement of wildlife by fishing line discarded in the environment, visit www.MindYourLine.org.

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