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Fla. Officer Saves 100 Sea Turtle Hatchlings

August 08, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Sarasota PD.
Photo courtesy of Sarasota PD.
A Sarasota (Fla.) Police officer is being hailed for rescuing 100 sea turtle hatchlings from a resort parking lot.

Officer Derek Conley was on patrol at 1 a.m. Saturday when he stopped at the Lido Beach Resort. As he was leaving, he saw the hatchlings crawling toward the front door.

Several people checking into the hotel helped Officer Conley gather up the hatchlings and put them into a box. Several other turtles were found on the sidewalk and in the middle of Ben Franklin Drive. Officer Conley had to stop traffic several times.

The officer gathered about 70 hatchlings; headed to a nearby beach; and released them into the Gulf of Mexico. He returned to the hotel to find more turtles. He collected them and released them in the water.

Comments (3)

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Capt. Mac @ 8/8/2013 9:49 PM

Nice thing to do, but BOY is he going to take a ribbing from his co-workers. He'll probably have turtle pictures and TMNT figures taped to his locker for a week. But again, nice work.

Frank G @ 8/10/2013 4:32 AM

Here in Fla.. Sea Turtles are one of the biggest issues in the state and saving even 1 is a monunental act of heroism. The sea turtles most of which are endangered, create huge news all over the state. Between the state and US EPA. Makes us look good to see that happen. I bet he gets a huge award from the state and county for that.

Danny Alberdi @ 8/13/2013 8:45 AM

And I was arrested for doing this and prosecuted through the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. Has something changed over time? Potentially some semblence of common sense arising in the state agency??

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