Navarre Beach Fishing Pier staff sprang into action June 1 after an angler inadvertently caught an adult Loggerhead sea turtle on a fishing line. Staff worked with rescuers to successfully free the turtle, which was released a short time later.
“They did a great job,” Cathy Holmes, director of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center said of the fisherman, who immediately notified pier staff, who in turn contacted Holmes.
Ed Duran, who recently started working at the pier, said he received training from wildlife officials and knew to try to keep the animal out of distress and away from deeper water until rescuers arrived.
Duran commandeered the fishing rod and gently guided the turtle toward shore, where he and Holmes were able to free the turtle from line wrapped around a front flipper and a hook, which was caught inside its mouth.
After receiving instructions via phone from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, Holmes and her husband, Jim, measured the turtle, checking its overall health condition, before releasing it back into the Gulf of Mexico.
Read more in the June 4 issue of Navarre Press.