May 9, 2013
Reserve staff assisted Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in the rescue of a leatherback sea turtle, a rare species to find on this coast of Florida today. A boater approximately three miles west of Caxambas Pass on Marco Island called the FWC to report a turtle entangled in a crab trap line and they contacted reserve staff member Greg Curry. After the trap line was cut in several places the turtle (a sub-adult) was able to swim free. This endangered sea turtle species nests on the East Coast of Florida and is known to dive deeper and travel farther than most other species of sea turtle.