Stranded Leatherback Turtle Rescued in Eastham

A young Leatherback turtle needed saving Sunday after it became stranded off First Encounter Beach in Eastham.

Workers with the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary came to the turtle’s aid following several phone calls around 3:30 p.m.

Adult Leatherbacks can weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds. Officials say this one was about a quarter of that weight but it still took a half-dozen volunteers to get it off the beach and into a vehicle where it was taken to the New England Aquarium to be checked out.

 The turtle was said to have been alert and in good shape.

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