Shell Shock in BSL: Sea turtle hooked, rescued at Washington St. Pier
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 10, 2013, 18:15
Bay St. Louis fireman Orin Shorter on Tuesday gently places a Kempís Ridley sea turtle into a tub to ease its transport. The firemen held the turtle until representatives from the Institute of Marine and Mammal Studies arrived.
On Tuesday local fisherman Steve Taylor had an unexpected "catch of the day."
Taylor caught a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle as he fished off of the Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis.
"I pulled it up and called the local authorities," Taylor said.
Soon after the call was made, Bay St. Louis fireman Orin Shorter arrived with a big blue bucket.
"We come and pick them up," Shorter said. "We make a call to the Institute for Marine and Mammal Studies and they come pick them up.
"We usually keep for them about a couple of hours. If it's longer than that we will rub vaseline on them and put eye drops in their eyes.
"We enjoy it."
Shorter said, once IMMS picks up the sea turtles, volunteers take x-rays, remove the fish hooks and then release them back into the water.
If you catch or find a stranded sea turtle, call 1-888-767-3657.