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Atlantic City, NJ - Rescue crews helped free an 800-pound leatherback turtle trapped in fishing gear off the coast of southern New Jersey Wednesday (August 13).

Someone on a fishing boat spotted the turtle and alerted the Coast Guard with its location.

Rescuers were able to use their hands to extricate the turtle from the tangled fishing gear. The turtle then swam off.

Leatherback turtles are among the largest reptiles in the world. Incidental traps created by fishing gear are one of the primary threats to their survival.

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