Manatee County Sheriff’s name rescued sea turtle after 1960s cartoon

Credit: Manatee County Sheriff's

MANATEE COUNTY (WFLA) — Two Manatee County law enforcement officers offered a little help to a sea turtle stuck in a trap.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said, Deputy McBride and Detective Carey were out on a routine water patrol on Saturday in Manatee County when they received a tip about a trapped sea turtle.

He said it appeared the sea turtle was tangled in a crab trap and tethered by a rubber spear gun band.

The deputies were able to set the sea turtle free and WFLA News Channel 8’s Lila Gross was told the sea turtle seemed “very happy” as it swam away.

Reportedly the officers even named the turtle “Tooter,” after a cartoon turtle from the 1960s.

The spokesperson said its hard to know how long the sea turtle would have survived without help. Thanks to Deputy McBride and Detective Carey for their kindness.

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