DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.— Firefighters in South Florida rescued three baby sea turtles that had been trapped in a storm drain.
News outlets report that a good Samaritan noticed the newly-hatched sea turtles Saturday evening in a Deerfield Beach grated storm drain across the street from the shore.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office firefighters collected the three wayward hatchlings in a bucket and returned them to the ocean.
A passion for compassion. Today #BSFR firefighters from Fire Station 75 @Deerfieldbeach rescued 3 wayward baby sea turtles which fell into a storm drain. The turtles were swiftly returned to their natural habitat-the ocean. We wish them well… pic.twitter.com/cf5NdctUFH
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 29, 2018
In a statement, Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer Michael B. Kane said the firefighters wish the hatchlings a “safe, long and healthy life.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says sea turtle nesting season generally lasts from May to October.