In a heartwarming story, a gigantic sea turtle was rescued by workers in front of the Reef Provisioning Center yesterday. The turtle, who is estimated to be about 25 feet in length and weighs several thousand pounds, was found stranded outside of the center on 8-mile road.
“It was amazing,” said one of the rescuers. “We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this huge turtle wandering around 8-mile road.”
The rescue team worked quickly to get a harness around the turtle and pull it into the center. They estimate that it had been lost for several days and was exhausted from fighting against the traffic on 8-mail road.
Once inside, the team gave the turtle some fresh water and edibles before releasing it back into Lake Erie. “We’re just glad we were able to help,” says budtender
The turtle, which is believed to be more than 100 years old, was found entangled in a fishing net. Thankfully, a team of scientists from the center was able to quickly free the turtle and release it back into the wild.
This is just the latest example of the important work that the Reef Provisioning Center does to protect vulnerable wildlife. In addition to rescuing injured animals, the center also conducts research on coral reefs and works to educate the public about the importance of conservation. Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Reef Provisioning Center, this giant sea turtle will be able to continue swimming in the Great Lakes for many years to come.