30-Pound Turtle Caught Off Brooklyn Pier

Marine biologists plan to remove a hook lodged in the animal's mouth, then release it back into the wild

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012  |  Updated 12:40 PM EDT
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Kaheem Evans, 23, reeled in a 30-pound turtle from a pier in Canarsie. The amphibian appears to be a baby loggerhead turtle. They can grow to be about 3 feet long and up to 300 pounds.

Kaheem Evans, 23, reeled in a 30-pound turtle from a pier in Canarsie. The amphibian appears to be a baby loggerhead turtle. They can grow to be about 3 feet long and up to 300 pounds.

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The fish weren't biting, but one city angler still hooked the catch of a lifetime.

Kaheem Evans, 23, reeled in a 30-pound turtle from a pier in Canarsie. The reptile appears to be a baby loggerhead turtle. Loggerheads can grow to be about three feet long and up to 300 pounds.

A silver tag on its flipper says National Park Service of Florida. Marine biologists plan to remove a hook lodged in the animal's mouth, then release it back into the wild.

Evans says he's been fishing in Canarsie for years, though he never caught anything quite like the turtle.

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