Sea turtle in distress spotted near marina, rescued for rehabilitation

SLIDESHOW: Sea Turtle Rescue at St. Augustine Marina

A loggerhead sea turtle, weighing nearly 400 pounds, was found floating, lethargic and severely emaciated, near the St. Augustine Municipal Marina on Thursday morning.

Estimated to be 60 to 100 years old, the turtle was spotted and reported to St. Augustine Eco Tours, which operates under a permit to respond to injured wildlife in the immediate area. It took five people to lift the turtle out of the water and bring it to shore. They then called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which arranged for the animal to be picked up and transported to SeaWorld Orlando.

Shortly after the animal was spotted, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a call to pick up a second turtle, a smaller green sea turtle, found floating in the water near The Conch House Marina. The second turtle then joined the first for the trip to SeaWorld for rehabilitation.