DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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.
In a statement, Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer Michael B. Kane said the firefighters wish the hatchlings a “safe, long and healthy life.”
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says sea turtle nesting season generally lasts from May to October.