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Coast Guard Rescues Turtles

Coast Guard Rescues Turtles

Sea turtle in fishing net (credit: Oceana)

The Coast Guard has many official maritime responsibilities. According to their charter:

"patrols protect the safety and security of people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; natural and economic resources; and the US national territorial integrity."

They Guard conducts these duties at American ports and inland waterways, along coasts, and in international water. The Guard can now add another item to their busy 'to do' list, rescuing marine sea turtles.

A patrol off the California coast observed an abandoned buoy that looked suspiciously like an illicit drug drop but it was actually a piece of discarded fishing gear. When the guardsmen tried to remove the buoy they discovered two sea turtles trapped by nylon lines attached to the buoy. The turtles would have died from their plastic bindings were they not removed. The team retrieved the buoy and rescued the turtles as shown in a phone video.
The Guard was called upon again to join the Texas rescue of even more sea turtles stunned by severe cold, temperatures that hit the Gulf Coast.

People who are concerned about sea turtles can come from anywhere. They all deserve to be celebrated for their proactive, compassionate efforts. WHB

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