Four hooks in the throat and belly, three hooks embedded in the skin, two feet of fishing line in the stomach — one happy ending for a lucky loggerhead sea turtle.
After months of rehabilitation, rescuers in Florida finally released a female sea turtle, estimated between 40 and 50 years of age. She took off quickly, according to witnesses, hopefully never to again to be so hooked and entangled.
That’s an optimistic point of view. Trouble is all the commercial fishing gear floating in our oceans creates a sort of gauntlet for sea turtles to swim through. It’s one of the main factors contributing to sea turtles’ endangered status. In fact, it is estimated that half of all adult loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean are likely to be caught on longline fishing hooks every year.
So while rescuers may never again encounter the sea turtle that affectionately became known as “Eve,” chances are they will meet many more turtles. Maybe they’ll name the next one Adam … or better yet, how ’bout Andy?