It took a handful of DOE enforcement officers to evict an “unauthorized guest” at a Seven Mile Beach condo complex.
Apparently a nesting sea turtle took a wrong turn and ended up going for a swim in the condo pool. The DOE responded, assembling a four man turtle rescue team. They were able to corral the turtle in the shallow end before flipping her on her back and hoisting her out.
Another late night for the DOE, but that’s the life of an enforcement officer in the midst of turtle season.
“Usually if it’s a late call, it’s a poaching incident unfortunately, or even they just think someone’s disturbing a turtle that’s come up to nest,” explained DOE Chief Enforcement Officer Mark Orr. “So yeah, unfortunately [the calls] normally [showcase] the darker side of turtle nesting but this one was, like I said, only the third time, but it’s a lot more interesting.”
He estimates the turtle may have been in the pool for a couple of hours. Mr. Orr told Cayman 27 she had some scrapes on her face from bumping into the sides of the pool.