TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pair of filmmakers shooting wildlife off the coast of Southern California rescued a loggerhead sea turtle that had its four flippers and neck wrapped in the line of a deflated helium balloon.
Bryce Trevett and Angel Hernandez say they spotted something shiny floating in the water Tuesday 12 miles off Palos Verdes Peninsula and realized it was a balloon — one of several they regularly collect during ocean outings.
As they steered their personal watercraft closer they spotted the tangled juvenile turtle completely immobilized by the line.
Trevett says if a predator had come the turtle wouldn't have had a chance. He used a knife to free the turtle as Hernandez filmed the animal swiftly swimming away.
The Orange County Register reports the duo are working on a wildlife series called "Take to the Wild."
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com
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