ANNA MARIA, FL (WWSB) - A wayward sea turtle is safely back in the ocean thanks to some quick thinking Anna Maria Island volunteers.
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, volunteers near Bayfront Park alerted the organization to a large sea turtle crossing North Shore Drive early Wednesday morning.
Using a bed sheet, AMI Turtle watchers from Section 1 and 2 jumped into action, guiding the lost turtle back to the ocean.
The large turtle was potentially trying to nest, but the organization said on social media that she was moved before that could happen, writing on Facebook, "no nests for this girl today."
For more than 30 years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline and during turtle nesting season they help document sea turtle nesting trends.
During nesting season, residents should keep their beachfront lights off so the turtles can safely return to the ocean.
Suzi Fox, Director at AMI Turtle watch, says she doesn't believe lights played a factor in this particular incident, however, saying sometimes the turtles just get confused.
Residents who find a dead, injured, sick or lost Sea Turtle on Anna Maria Island can call AMI Turtle Watch at 941-778-5638 or contact the FWC hotline at 888- 404-3922.
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