Activists Rescue Turtle Stuck Upside Down In Trench Just In Time

At least nine volunteers worked together to flip a loggerhead turtle upright after she became stuck in a trench.

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission


Recently, a 350-pound loggerhead turtle was found upside down in a trench on a rocky beach at the Blowing Rocks Preserve in Florida. Reportedly, the endangered creature couldn’t right herself and was exhausted from trying to flip over.

Luckily, a group of nine volunteers collaborated to help the disoriented turtle return to the sea. By no means was the feat easy, but the activists persevered.

As soon as the turtle was spotted, professionals from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and members of the Nature Conservancy pitched in to help turn her upright.

The momentous rescue was shared on the Commission’s Facebook page:

 

The group used the event as a “teaching moment” for the public. Tips were shared to help the threatened species, such as refilling any holes dug on the beach and staying away from turtle in the evening so they won’t be disturbed as they return to the sea. The last point is especially important, as loggerhead turtles can become very lost on land.

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Despite the fact that loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters, the populations are declining due to pollution, shrimp trawling and development in their nesting areas. It’s important humanity reduces its carbon footprint and protects the environment for this species and others to thrive in the future.

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