"August 17th , 2004 I was wade fishing in the surf. A shrimp boat pulling a net came fairly close to the shore and I am guessing that the turtle was fleeing from the net when it became foul hooked on my line. He was hooked on the front fin and surfaced in front of me as he gasped for air. I knew it was a turtle and so I carefully worked it up to the beach shore. The turtle was exhausted and I was able to easily pick it up and carefully remove the hook without harming it. I knew many of the turtles of this area are endangered but was not sure what kind I had caught. I took my camera out and shot a couple of pictures and then had another fisherman took a couple more with me holding it up. I then sat him down on the beach and watched it happily walk in its unusual way back down to the water and swim back out to sea. I have always been a conservationist and proud to work with CCA in preserving our wildlife in the sea. I practice "CATCH and RELEASE" with most of the fish I catch"Hide.