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COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD
A distressed sea turtle struggles to set itself free from a fishing net as the crewmembers aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut pull close to perform a wildlife disentanglement.

 

A Coast Guard ship heading from Honolulu to the Panama Canal to help with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup made a brief stop last week to rescue a sea turtle that had been caught in a fishing net.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut sent a small boat to retrieve the turtle. The turtle was brought on board, freed from the net, then released back into the ocean.

 

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