This turtle was released by the well meaning public with hooks still in it and will die, it should have been taken to help.
The women involved called me today and wanted me to know that some folks on the beach wanted to call someone but the fishermen there were under the opinion that if you cut the line the fishhook then would dissolve. This is not true, they may rust away but that takes time and the hook can do a lot of damage to the turtle while waiting for this to happen. Also the fishing line gets wrapped around different parts of the turtle some in it’s mouth. This in itself can kill the sea turtle, I have taken fishing line off a turtle when it was wrapped around it’s neck and also around it’s flippers and can’t swim. So just cutting the line is not enough. If you have caught a sea turtle you must bring it to shore and call the proper people to get the turtle the medical help it needs. Don’t just cut the line and let it become the problem for the turtle, when it is your hook and line.