Off-Duty Police Officers Rescue Huge Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leaning over the side of a boat off the coast of Florida, Steve Mullen cut a crab trap weighing 25 pounds away from a critically endangered leatherback sea turtle. Mullen, an off-duty patrol lieutenant for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and his fellow officer, Brad Smith, were out on Mullen’s boat in the Atlantic when they found the massive turtle in distress. They were afraid it wasn’t even alive. They got close enough to help and Mullen cut the rope from around the turtle’s neck and flipper. Smith took the helm of the boat and caught the rescue on video. Once it was freed, "he was the fastest turtle I've ever seen," Mullen said. — Read it at ABC News


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