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Off-Duty Police Officers Rescue A Huge Turtle Struggling At Sea

by Anna Halkidis
Anna is a native New Yorker who loves concerts, travel, good coffee, and her Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. She’s a multimedia journalist who earned her master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her true passion for telling stories keeps her inspired.

While cops are frequently called to help people in distress, some of them also go the extra mile for animals in need.

We’ve seen officers save dogs from terrifying situations and others who won’t even leave less people-friendly animals behind, including owls.

Below, Lt. Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, FL, were recorded saving a leatherback sea turtle during a boating outing with Fish Hunter Charters. The massive turtle (the officers estimate he was about 8- or 9-feet-long) was stuck in a crab trap and “exhausted” from the struggle two miles off the shore.

“The trap’s rope was looped around the sea turtle’s neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office explains in its Facebook video of the rescue. (Fish Hunter Charters also shared the video on its YouTube page.) “Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.”

Lt. Mullen, who is the one running the fishing company, successfully cut the crab trap and the turtle quickly swam away showing that he luckily wasn’t hurt from the terrifying ordeal.

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