Sea Turtle Found Swimming With 1,800 Pounds of Cocaine Worth 53 Million Dollars
Quite incredibly, a sea turtle was found out in the ocean last year in 2017. The Coast Guard discovered the turtle entangled with ropes wrapped all around it. The turtle was toting many sealed packages. The sea turtle, had bales of cocaine dragging through the water worth 53 million dollars according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The turtle is a loggerhead turtle, These turtles grow between 3 to 9 ft long. This turtle was found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard, were on a 68 day mission when they found this turtle on a Tuesday.
According to Coast Guard Mark Krebs, the team arrived quickly at the scene – after spotting the turtle in distress. The turtle experienced significant chafing along the lines of it’s neck and upon its flippers. Quite often in the ocean, sea-life is often damaged by pollution created by people.
As the boat crew worked to free the injured turtle, they discovered 1,800 pounds of cocaine estimated to be worth 53 million-dollars. The cutter crew, was part of operation Martillo. This crew targets criminals and other organizations, that are involved in illegal type activities. After the crew reached the Key West port shore, they returned with 14,800 lbs of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana.
It seems that criminals will stop at nothing to get what they want. Quite often, they will shortcut whatever they can to get ahead in life. This is no exception, it is an extreme case of smuggling and people trying to cash in at any and all costs. This time a turtle paid the price for them. Sooner or later, they will be caught, only then will they pay the price for what they have done.
Within four decades, more than 49% of all ocean life has been destroyed. During these 40 years, 75% of some species of fish, no longer even exist anymore. This affects the oceans and the people upon the planet who live here. Who knows what the future holds, if we can continue at this current pace.
The Earth consists of 71% water. The ocean holds about 96.5% of Earth’s water. Water also exists in the air as water vapor. It also exists in lakes, rivers, ice caps and glaciers. Also, water is in the ground as soil moisture and inside aquifers underground.
People are made up of 57 to 60% water on average. There are some of us who have a bit more or less depending on the person and their age. A person’s body composition will vary, according to their gender and fitness level due to the fatty tissues in their body. Fatty tissue contains less water than lean type tissue.
It is quite incredible, that this turtle was being used like this. Luckily it was discovered out at sea randomly and helped. No doubt this has happened with other sea life before, as smugglers seek out new ways to make some money.
(Source: Fox News)