Coast Guard returns a Sea Turtle to the sea

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   Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam Johnson and Brian Sharp, a sea turtle rescue coordinator from Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, succesfully disentangle an endangered, leatherback sea turtle caught in fishing gear near Monomoy Island. Below, the turtle swims away. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Valerie Lucero

600 pound, 5 foot long Sea Turtles gets a second chance
Coast Guard Station Chatham is a good Samaritan - again

A Coast Guard boat crew assisted in disentangling an endangered sea turtle from fishing gear near Monomoy Island around 5 p.m. Saturday.

sea_turtle_2_june_30_300Coast Guard Station Chatham received a call around 3:30 p.m from a fisherman reporting a sea turtle entangled about half a mile west of Monomoy Island.

Station Chatham launched a 27-foot utility boat with a Sea Turtle Disentanglement Coordinator from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies aboard.

The crew arrived on-scene around 4:30 p.m. and found the entangled, leatherback sea turtle.

Within about 30 minutes, the crew was able to free the turtle, estimated to weigh over 600 pounds and measuring nearly 5 feet in length.

"We were all relieved to see the turtle was able swim away with no visible injuries. We encourage all boaters to stay alert on the water and report any entanglements," said Petty Officer Adam Johnson who responded to the call.

Mariners should report entanglements to the Marine Animal Disentanglement Hotline at 1-800-900-3622 or to the Coast Guard via VHF radio channel 16.

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