Off-Duty Police Officers Save Distressed Leatherback Turtle

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith are familiar with helping assisting people in trouble. However, they helped save a different life recently while they were off-duty fishing in Florida. While out at sea they noticed a 9-foot Leatherback Sea Turtle was in distress. He had gotten entangled in a crab trap and was being throttled by the ropes.

The trap’s rope was looped around the sea turtle’s neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Fortunately for the turtle, Lt. Mullen was able to disentangle him from the crab trap while it remained in the water!

Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith!

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