30-pound turtle caught off Canarsie pier

August 30, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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A Queens angler was hoping to catch some fish but instead reeled in a 30-pound turtle off a Brooklyn pier.

It appears to be a baby loggerhead turtle, which can grow to be 3-feet long and up to 300 pounds.

WNBC-TV says a silver tag attached to the reptile’s flipper says National Park Service of Florida. Marine biologists plan to release it back into the wild.

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Kaheem Evans said he was fishing off the pier in Canarsie on Wednesday when he hooked the turtle. The 23-year-old Queens resident says he’s been fishing there for years. But it’s the first time he’s caught a turtle.

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