On a good day, a surfer is one with the ocean waves. On a really good day, he’s a hero, too.

Cocoa Beach, Florida -- A surfer came to the rescue of a loggerhead sea turtle that was tangled in fishing lines just south of the Cocoa Beach Pier this afternoon.

The turtle's flippers were so entangled that it could be seen gasping for air from the ocean's surface as it struggled to free itself from the mono-filament.

Seeing the marine reptile in distress, a nearby surfer paddled over to help the sea turtle while risking a possible bite from the animal. Loggerhead sea turtles have a bite force so powerful, that they can easily tear through a conch shell - a mainstay of the turtle's diet.

After a few minutes, the surfer had completely untangled the sea turtle and it swam away. Having done his good deed for the day, the surfer then just casually caught the next incoming wave.

Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Untended fishing gear is responsible for many loggerhead deaths. Turtles may also suffocate if they are trapped in fishing trawls. Turtle excluder devices have been implemented in efforts to reduce mortality by providing an escape route for the turtles.

Loss of suitable nesting beaches and the introduction of exotic predators have also taken a toll on loggerhead populations. Efforts to restore their numbers will require international cooperation, since the turtles roam vast areas of ocean and critical nesting beaches are scattered across several countries. (Wikipedia)


Responses to "Florida Surfer Rescues Drowning Loggerhead Sea Turtle (VIDEO)"

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Awesome Man...and you are so much more than a "HERO!"...:) x,o Happy Surfing too!

  3. Anonymous says:

    great job.. super hero

  4. Anonymous says:

    makes me feel good that most people really do care! Thank you who ever you are that saved that creature of god.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This past August I visited Loggerhead Marinelife center just outside of Jupiter, It was very educational and most intresteing place to visit..Thanks to this brave surfer, cause these dudes can bite & hard.

    G. Rossi

  6. Anonymous says:

    wait, what?? he left the netting in the water??

  7. Anonymous says:

    a fisherman on the pier had hooked the turtle. After the surfer untangled the turtle the fisherman reeled in his line. No netting left in the water.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This surfer has a beautiful soul.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hero thank you so much x

  10. Anonymous says:

    What a totally awesome guy!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    That turtle had a Knight in Shining Armor! Job well done!

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