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Georgia fisherman reels in rare Kemp’s ridley turtles

The turtle, which measured 26 cm in length, was released after he was captured.

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A fisherman in Georgia recently came across a Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from a pier in Tybee Island.

The fisherman, John Amann, accidentally caught the Kemp’s ridley turtles — the most endangered of all sea turtles — on Monday, according to the Savannah Morning News.

James Fleullan, who witnessed the event, posted pictures of the sea creature to the North American Field Herping Association Facebook page.

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According to the North Florida Ecological Services Office, “the range of the Kemp’s ridley includes the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S., and the Atlantic coast of North America north of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.”

The World wildlife Fund estimated there are about 1,001 to 10,000 nesting females at this time. The North Florida Ecological Services Office said more than 40,000 nesting females were estimated in a single arribada” in 1947.

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The population declined due to human activity, namely the “direct harvest of adults and eggs and incidental capture in commercial fisheries,” according to the environmental office.

The turtle caught on Monday was measured at 26 inches long before it was released back in the water, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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