Sarasota police officer rescues sea turtles
FOX 4 Staff
SARASOTA, Fla. - Sarasota police officer Derek Conley believes the motto, "protect and serve" applies to animals as well.
Conley was on patrol this weekend at the Lido Beach Resort when he spotted sea turtle hatchlings crawling towards the resort and not the Gulf of Mexico.
Working with visitors checking into the resort Officer Conley grabbed a box and began collecting hatchlings from the parking lot. They found more on a sidewalk and several in the middle of Ben Franklin Drive.
After gathering close to 70 hatchlings Conley and resort guests released the turtles into the waters along the beach. Then they found more turtles in the parking lot and took another 20 or so back to the beach.
Officer Conley reported the incident to Turtle Watch and also reached out to Mote Marine.