Florida Police Officers Help Baby Sea Turtles Find Ocean

Police in St Pete Beach, Florida, said their officers responded to a call to aid sea turtle hatchlings who struggled to find their way to the ocean on Tuesday, August 2.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said a hotel security guard called when the hotel was overrun with hatchlings. The guard collected about 15 baby turtles before calling for reinforcements, the sheriff’s office said.

Sergeant Mackesy, Deputy Lopez, and Deputy Wheeler were dispatched to the hotel, and found the sea turtle babies “all over the area, including in the hotel’s pool, in the bushes, in the bathroom, and even in the storm drain.”

Video posted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office shows the officers guiding the baby turtles to the sea. The post joked, “We think Finding Nemo’s pal Crush would be pretty proud of this crew and the deputies too!” Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- All right. Ready?

- [? Ready. ?]

- Let's go, little dudes. Do we just dump them? Because he said, the water's edge, but don't put them, like, in the water. Point it out there. There we go. There's one.

- Some of them are going towards the water. [INAUDIBLE]

- Keep going. Keep going. Follow your friends.

[WAVES CRASHING]

[HORN BLOWS]

Not you. Wrong way. Wrong way. There we go. Nope, nope. Wrong way, wrong way. Yeah, keep shining it out that way. If you turn the light, then they all turn towards it.

- Really?

- Yeah. Where we going? Where we going? OK, you're good on your side. Keep shining out in the water. Go, little buddy. There he goes. Woo!

That's the last one? That everybody? We get everybody? Bye, babies.

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