Crew rescues turtle entangled in buoy line in Cape Cod Bay

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — Massachusetts environmental officials saved a leatherback sea turtle that was entangled in a buoy line in Cape Cod Bay.

Marine Patrol officers were conducting a lobster boat inspection Wednesday morning when they saw the turtle about two miles off Plymouth. according to Environmental Police Maj. Patrick Moran. The Center of Coast Studies was called to help free the turtle.

A crew was able to hook onto the line and free the turtle. Moran said the gear was in compliance with area standards.

Moran tells Eyewitness News turtle entanglements usually happen in Vineyard Sound or Buzzards Bay. He says most entanglements in Cape Cod Bay involve whales.

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