Parsons Pond leatherback turtle returns, needs 2nd rescue
A stranded leatherback turtle that was led back to sea on the Northern Peninsula Monday came back to shore again Tuesday — and again — had to be rescued.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the leatherback had beached itself for a second time in Parsons Pond.
A spokesperson from DFO said once the turtle got in the water it "appeared to be swimming very well and diving," both of which are positive signs.
Typically, the spokesperson said, male leatherback turtles do not come ashore and females will only return to tropical locations to lay eggs.
Local residents of Parsons Pond sprang to action Monday, when the same turtle was discovered washed up on the shoreline.
Nevin Blanchard said he, two men and his seven-year-old son worked to clear a path for the turtle, dousing it with water as it made its way back into the ocean.