ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued an injured sea turtle in the Tampa Bay, Fla., Monday.
At around 11:30 a.m. crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, were returning from servicing buoys in the Tampa Bay when they spotted an injured loggerhead sea turtle in the middle of the Sunshine Skyway channel.
Crewmembers safely recovered the turtle without further injury. The turtle was transported to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in stable condition.
“We are happy we were at the right place at the right time,” said Chief Petty Officer Joshua Marzi, Officer in Charge at ANT St. Petersburg. “I’m thankful we could save it from any boating traffic or additional harm.”
Officials at the aquarium will examine the turtle to determine the extent of its injuries.