July 16, 2024


Leatherbacks, the biggest sort of sea turtle on the planet, are inclined to getting entangled in fishing gear.

The Heart for Coastal Research’ MAER group working to unwind the entanglement from the leatherback turtle on Aug. 27 in Cape Cod Bay. Heart for Coastal Research, allow 50 CFR 222.310

A rescue group efficiently disentangled a 400-pound leatherback sea turtle in Cape Cod Bay Sunday, probably saving the animal’s life. 

The turtle was discovered by boaters off the coast of Wellfleet and instantly reported to the Heart for Coastal Research, a Provincetown-based nonprofit that researches and works to save lots of marine life within the space. The group dispatched its Marine Animal Entanglement Response group to save lots of the leatherback. The boaters stayed by the turtle till the rescue group arrived. 

It was dragging a buoy line that was linked to fishing gear. The road was wrapped a number of occasions across the animal’s entrance flipper, and it appeared that others had already tried liberating the turtle. The buoy line had clearly been reduce, which was probably accomplished by “well-intentioned mariners,” in response to the Heart for Coastal Research. 

This left the turtle in a position to freely swim, however nonetheless badly entangled. The rescue group used a grappling hook to catch the rope and punctiliously deliver the turtle alongside their boat. They noticed accidents that indicated it was probably entangled for weeks. They efficiently eliminated the entangling traces and freed the animal. 

“With out the assistance and persistence of the boaters who reported the case to us, this turtle would have been misplaced,” rescue group member Bob Lynch mentioned in a press release. 

Leatherbacks are the biggest sort of sea turtle on the planet. They develop to so long as eight toes and may weigh as a lot as 1,300 kilos. They’re discovered all around the planet, and are in a position to stand up to colder temperatures than different sea turtles. 

Leatherbacks discovered within the waters off Massachusetts often breed on South American, Caribbean, or seashores in Florida in the course of the winter. They transfer into the waters off New England within the spring, after which disperse all through the Atlantic. They head again south in September and October. 

Final 12 months, rescuers freed an entangled leatherback close to Nantucket. Researchers from the New England Aquarium recurrently work with colleagues in Puerto Rico to check the animals.