Sea Turtle Freed from Fishing Gear off Cape Cod

Author: Colin A Young [Boston Globe]

A group of rescuers freed an endangered leatherback sea turtle that was tangled in ropes from fishing gear in the Cape Cod Canal on Tuesday, officials said. The entanglement was the 10th in Massachusetts this year, an unusually high number that has rescuers anticipating a busy summer.

“Our fear is that we are starting off quite high, quite early, and the season that leatherback sea turtles seem to hang around here can stretch anywhere from June to October,” said Scott Landry, director of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. “We’re looking at a long season ahead of us, and we would rather it not be so busy.”

During a normal year, Landry said, his team would respond to up to four entanglements by mid-July. The turtles swim to New England waters each summer to feed on invertebrates like jellyfish before heading to the Caribbean’s warmer climes to breed and nest, he said.

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