(As originally published, Tue, June 28th 2022, 11:04 AM EDT)
HOBE SOUND BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — One never knows what they’ll find in a day’s work and that was especially true for some officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The agency reports three of their officers “were dispatched to a call regarding an entangled sea turtle off Hobe Sound Beach.”
This is serious business. The FWC website says five species of sea turtles swim in Florida’s waters and nest on beaches. All sea turtles found in Florida are protected under state statutes.
The situation happened last month.
The agency said its officers searched the area extensively.
They may have been looking for some sort of back-and-forth movement of a sea turtle trying to free itself, perhaps splashing if it was near the surface.
That’s not what they found.
Instead, they ended up seeing something similar but much more productive, as in reproduction.
According to the FWC, the officers “only observed a mating pair of sea turtles.”
Later, “When the reporting party was contacted and the situation was described to her, she stated that was accurate of what she had observed.”
Ahoy, and case closed.
The FWC says any eggs have an incubation period of about two months.