Florida Surfer Saves Tangled Sea Turtle

By ABC News

Oct 1, 2013 1:39pm

A loggerhead turtle tangled in fishing lines was rescued Monday off the Florida coast by a good Samaritan on a surfboard.

The turtle was spotted struggling to stay afloat Monday Afternoon off Cocoa Beach on the state’s East Coast.

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In video posted on the website of the local newspaper, Brevard Times, the turtle can be seen struggling to stay afloat before a surfer in a white, long sleeve shirt and full-brimmed hat, paddles out to its aid.

The surfer, who was not identified, reached his hand out to the turtle and worked to untangle him from the fishing line, at one point holding one of the turtle’s fins above the water for an extended time to pull the fishing line off of it.

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Loggerhead turtles are known for having heavy, strong jaws, capable of crushing the shellfish they survive on, and can weigh up to 375 pounds as adults, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

After about three minutes, the turtle swam away, free of fishing line.  At the same time, the surfer stood back up on his board and rode the wave into shore.

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Loggerhead turtles have been on the threatened species list since 1978 because of pollution and development in their nesting areas, according to National Geographic.

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