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Critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle released

June 12, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A Kemp's ridley sea turtle, one of the smallest and most critically endangered of sea turtles, was released from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife after accidentally ingesting a fishing hook.

The turtle was accidentally hooked by a fisherman on the Fort Myers Beach pier on June 4.

Volunteers for Turtle Time Inc. came to the aid and transported it to CROW so that the hook could be removed. Veterinarians at the hospital anesthetized the turtle and were able to remove the hook by making a small incision in the turtle's neck. Using bolt cutters, they clipped the hook and removed the rest of the line through the mouth. The incision was closed and the turtle was tagged with flipper tags and a microchip.

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The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and Turtle Time Inc. recently released a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was accidentally hooked by a fisherman on the Fort Myers Beach pier on June 4.

After recovering from anesthesia and a brief period for observation the turtle was cleared for release. It was taken to the back bay waters of Fort Myers Beach via a boat provided by Turtle Time Inc. volunteers. The turtle was released into the water near Mound Key.

If you accidentally hook a sea turtle, do not cut the line and release the turtle. Reel it in slowly and immediately contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or CROW at 239-472-3644 extension 222.

To learn more about what to do if you accidentally hook a bird, visit



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