Florida First Responders Rescue Endangered Sea Turtle Trapped After Laying Eggs
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Florida First Responders Rescue Endangered Sea Turtle Trapped After Laying Eggs

On a Florida beach, an endangered sea turtle became trapped between rocks and had to be rescued, according to authorities on Monday.

The loggerhead sea turtle attempted to return to the water by a tiny route on the rocks after coming ashore in Martin County to lay eggs, but it became stranded, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

“She began to weaken after trying so hard to free herself,” the sheriff’s office stated.

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputy Jose Garcia launched a “full-scale rescue” in an attempt to save the turtle.

Releasing it into the ocean, it was let free.

Under the Endangered Species Act, loggerhead sea turtles are safeguarded from extinction. As far as sea turtle species go, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that loggerheads are the most common type to nest in the US.

The primary hazard to their survival is bycatch, or accidental entrapment in fishing gear that can inflict drowning or fatal wounds.

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In addition to pound nets, pot/traps, dredges, and longlines, gillnets, and hooks and lines make up a large portion of the fishing equipment that can be dangerous.

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