VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - An endangered species of sea turtle was rescued along the Virginia Beach coast Friday afternoon.
The Virginia Beach dispatch supervisor told WAVY.com that police got a call about a trapped six-foot turtle, about 50 yards offshore of the 2800 block of Shore Drive around 3:40 p.m.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program rescued the leatherback turtle from a pound net just east of the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier, according to Maggie Lynott, the stranding response manager for the SRP.
Lynott said team members used a boat and detaingling equipment to free the turtle in what she said was a very short time.
Members of the Virginia Police Department's Marine Patrol Unit were present to make sure that the rescue was safely executed.
Lynott said the age of the turtle was not yet determined, but can possibly be estimated by counting the lines on the turtle's back flipper.
The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle in the world and one of the largest reptiles currently living on the Earth, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. It is also an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
Typical leatherback turtles can weight up to 2,000 pounds and be six-and-a-half feet long.
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