300-pound turtle rescued along SRA1A


An extremely large "pedestrian" on State Road A1A had to be helped back to the beach Friday morning, according to Wild Florida Rescue and Patrick Air Force Base.

A 300-pound green sea turtle crawled over the dunes and through a field across from Patrick Air Force Base before trying to cross SRA1A, said Heather Pepe of Wild Florida, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Air Force officers and firefighters, along with members of Wild Florida, worked together to take the turtle off the road and move it back to the beach.

A motorist called 911 before dawn Friday about the turtle. Pepe, whose group rescues wildlife in Brevard County, said she was called by the Sheriff's Office about 6:15 a.m. with a request to pick up the turtle. She routinely rescues small soft shell turtles, but she wasn't told of the size of the one that had wandered onto A1A just north of the Pineda Causeway.

"The guys from the Air Force were there already," Pepe said. "It took six of them to lift it into the back of a pickup." 

The turtle was not injured.