40-Pound Turtle Rescued in Florida Keys

A 40-pound turtle with papillomas was rescued by FWC Friday morning in Islamorada.

By Brandon Launerts
|  Friday, Oct 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:08 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Taco the Turtle Released

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation

A 40-pound turtle with papillomas was rescued by FWC Friday morning in Islamorada.

Photos and Videos

Florida Surfer Saves Sea Turtle

A surfer in Cocoa Beach save a sea turtle tangled in fishing line. Watch the rescue here.

Taco the Turtle Released

For a 75-pound Loggerhead turtle named Taco, Friday was the beginning of a second chance at life as she was released back to the ocean after rehabilitation.
More Photos and Videos

A turtle was rescued in the Florida Keys Friday morning thanks to a friendly boater who contacted Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation.

A 40-pound green turtle, also known as “Pat”, was unable to dive due to papillomas. Shawn Mahynske, a boater, spotted the turtle, but couldn’t rescue Pat due to a leg injury, so he contacted FWC.

Officers Mattson and Bogue responded and safely returned the turtle to the FWC dock at the Whale Harbor channel in Islamorada.

Pat may not have survived if he was left in the ocean much longer, according to FWC.

More on NBC6.com:

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out