A Marine Rescue of a Different Color

by Jeff Hall, Marine Program Managerimage2crop

I’ve rescued hundreds….maybe even thousands of animals in my career.  From mountain lions and black bears to seals and dolphins, I’ve seen my fair share of different species and had a hand in their rescue.  Never in my career have I rescued a Green Sea Turtle, that is until earlier this month!

A man was fishing off a small rocky cliff at Topanga Beach in Malibu when he caught something on his line he wasn’t expecting.  Green sea turtles are normally warm-water-loving animals more comfortable in the oceans around Hawaii, or Central and South America.  California does have a healthy population of sea turtles, but we usually see Olive-Ridleys in these waters.  

The green sea turtle was hooked by the fisherman’s pole and reeled into shore where the line broke and the turtle became wedged into some rocks.  As waves crashed around us, the rescue team from the California Wildlife Center and I hoisted the 28-pound turtle to our transport van and quickly took it to the Aquarium of the Pacific.  There, the hook was soon removed image4cropand the turtle was placedimage3 in a rehabilitation tank for recovery.  It should be released within a month.  

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  1. Christen Rosamilia
    Christen Rosamilia says:

    Hi- I live in Grand Terrace, California, in on the Western Boarder near Riche Canyon. I turned in a young raptor in July, 4 days after he knocked on my sliding glass door looking very distressed. It took that long to realize he was damaged not just trying to escape a nearby fire. He was extremely intelligent, and as I was trying to give him a little chicken on the third day I heard another of his kind in close proximity. He looked the same direction I did, and it came close and they conversed. Now, Oct. 6th …about 5 days ago around sunset and some in the early a.m I have heard the call again. Last night it was from the big evergreen next door. This morning he landed there, and is staying near. We made eye contact and I am pretty sure it is one of the two. I am standing down, but want to know if there is any reason Wildlife could use this information, and if there is anything I don’t know, that I should. Thank You.

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