Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

If you hook a sea turtle while fishing on the pier, do not cut the line.

That’s what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patroller Jim Holmes begged of fishermen Friday, Sept. 9 after a fishing “novice” cut the line on an entangled turtle off Navarre Pier before rescuers could arrive.

When the turtle was spotted, pier staff jumped into action retrieving the net used for collecting and freeing smaller turtles, but the 60-80 pound sea turtle was too big to use that method.

Holmes was contacted and the fishermen were instructed to try to bring the turtle ashore, but the line was cut before that happened as the turtle got further tangled in the pylons and line.

Witnesses said the turtle had a hook in one of its flippers and was thoroughly tangled in fishing line.

By the time Holmes arrived it was too late to rescue the turtle. He said the animal’s life is now likely in danger.

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