Coast Guard Crew Saves Sea Turtles While on Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Valliant’s crew was on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month when they spotted an unusual object floating in the water. When the crew took a closer look, they saw that a baby and three adult Olive Ridley Sea Turtles entangled in mass of lines, garbage and abandoned fishing gear.

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
The crew saved the baby turtle by disentangling it from garbage and fishing lines.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
The crew saved the sea turtles by disentangling them from the debris. They took the debris on board to dispose of once back on shore.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
The Coast Guard Cutter Valliant’s crews were on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month, when they spotted an unusual object floating in the water.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
When the crew took a closer look, they saw that a baby and three adult Olive Ridley sea turtles were entangled in mass of lines, garbage and abandoned fishing gear.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
An adult Olive Ridley sea turtle is caught in trash.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
The crew saved the baby turtle by disentangling it from garbage and fishing lines.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
Crew members rotate through a 24-hour watch routine, looking out for potentially hazardous debris and endangered sea life in addition to watching for suspicious vessels and signs of distress.
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant
After freeing the turtles, the ship and crew resumed their patrol.
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