Puerto Morelos, Q.R. – Officials from Profepa and Puerto Morelos Municipal Ecology made an unusual rescue when a family woke to find a large sea turtle in their swimming pool.
The endangered sea turtle entered the pool the evening before where it became stranded and spent the night explained Guadalupe Alcántara, the director of Puerto Morelos Municipal Ecology. It was around noon when the department of ecology received a phone call that a family had a giant turtle in their pool in the area of Punta Caracol.
A rescue team was assembled with aid from the Delegation of the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) elements of Ecology, Civil Protection and firefighters. Together they spent several hours trying to remove the one-meter long female sea turtle from the pool.
Guadalupe Alcántara explained that the incident was due to a slight disorientation on part of the turtle who most likely arrived at the beach the night before to nest, and instead of returning to the sea, she set out in the wrong direction falling into the pool, which is located a few meters from the beach.
A difficult but successful rescue saw the turtle returned to the sea without injury.