|Assistant Mooring Officer Torey Montesi and Dock Master Eileen Coughlin cut away the line after netting the turtle onto the dock. Photo: Lacie Michelson|
Rosie, as the rescuers have named this turtle, was also found to be carrying a metal tag in the front flipper!
|The bottom of the inconel tag found on this turtle's right front flipper.|
Even though no lines were visible coming from the turtles beak and upon examining the oral cavity we still did not find any abnormal items. We still decided the safest thing for Rosie was to do an x-ray and make 100% sure the hook had not been ingested, better safe than sorry!
|Getting ready for release. Three of our excellent volunteers: from (L) Sarah Buttermore, Jane Kettendorf and Diane Whitmarsh.|
|Good Luck Rosie!|
Coincidentally, The Riverhead Foundation also brought in a turtle that had been caught by a fisherman in Brooklyn on the same day as our turtle. Their turtle was from the same NOAA lab group as this one. Unfortunateley, Anchor did have a hook in its esophagus. Check out more on their turtle here.