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Isla Mujeres officers chisel rock to free stuck sea turtle

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Personnel from the island’s turtle camp were accompanied by municipal police Wednesday to help free a nesting sea turtle. The female turtle was reported seen stuck among large rocks near Punta Sur.

“The white sea turtle was noticed around 2:30 p.m. in the ravines that are on the side of the Caribbean Sea near Punta Sur,” the municipality reported. Police worked for several hours to free her. She was lodged between rocks nose down and unable to move.

She became stuck between a set of sharp rocks when trying to return to the sea. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres

Two officers helped, taking turns chipping away the rock around her shell to free her. In a notice, Isla Mujeres City Hall reported the turtle was measured at just over one meter long and 97 centimeters wide.

Officers took turns chiseling rock for nearly three hours to free her. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres

After using a hammer and chisel, police were successful in creating an opening large enough for her to pass. A few members from the turtle camp tossed buckets of sea water on her during the hours long process.

According to Isla Mujeres City Hall, the white sea turtle was freed successfully.