Florida Officer Saves Dozens Of Baby Sea Turtles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer saved nearly 100 baby sea turtles when he gathered the newly hatched creatures from a hotel parking lot and street and released them into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota Police officer Derek Conley was on patrol at 1 a.m. Saturday when he saw sea turtle hatchlings crawling toward the front door of a beach resort. A passerby also told Conley that several dozen other baby turtles were also walking around the parking lot.

Conley, along with some resort guests, scooped up the hatchlings in a box and released them into the water. He also stopped traffic several times so the turtles weren’t injured.

A news release says that Conley also called two area marine rescue groups.

Sea turtles nest from May 1-Oct. 31 in Florida.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Best Barbecue In Tampa BayWhile one may not traditionally associate Florida with Southern barbecue, Tampa Bay has its fair share of great barbecue restaurants.
Report: Black Bears 'Robust and Growing' in FloridaWildlife officials say an analysis confirms Florida's black bear population is "robust and growing."

Listen Live