The US Coast Guard rescued a sea turtle entangled in bundles of cocaine off the coast of Florida pic.twitter.com/woQfUEMDWv— CNN (@CNN) December 20, 2017
Are drug smugglers using sea animals to transport contraband?
However, the United States Coast Guard did have to rescue a sea turtle found entangled in bales of cocaine worth millions of dollars.
According to NBC News, the crew of the cutter Thetis discovered the turtle in the eastern Pacific after a military plane noticed a debris field of 26 packages strung together, which turned out to be 800 kilograms of cocaine. The drugs were worth approximately $53 million.
The poor animal had streaks around its neck and fins, prompting authorities to believe it had been trapped for an extended period of time.
“There were some marks on her neck, so she may have been there a day or two,” said Commander Jose Diaz.
It is suspected that the load was dumped by drug traffickers who, clearly, have no regard for wildlife.
The U.S. Department of Defense released the heartbreaking video of the rescue on social media, prompting a wide range of reactions, including outrage, humor, and praise for the rescuers.
Humanity batting a thousand as we exit 2017 https://t.co/Vriin8RmYt— Shaena Montanari (@DrShaena) December 20, 2017
I don't know what would make this story worse, if this just happened accidentally, or was done on purpose.— Tere Kirkland 🦀 (@TereKirkland) December 21, 2017
Either way, humans are terrible. Sorry, turtle. https://t.co/VgsyPB2DV1
This turtle is the greatest drug dealer of all time.— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) December 21, 2017
“Uh yeah that’s right officer I got tangled” https://t.co/qIqeQGQaUW
this drug smuggling turtle tricked all u https://t.co/RQN6w2mWGd— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 20, 2017
everyone’s laughing and I’m like. that poor turtle. I feel so bad for what animals just minding their business have to go through because of us. https://t.co/HCsGrwk4h9— Richey Collazo (@lilricheyrich) December 21, 2017
Wow, great job, on many levels @USCG!— Army War College (@ArmyWarCollege) December 21, 2017