HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A young sea turtle is doing fine after officials removed a hook stuck in its neck.
The injured turtle had been reported several times in the weeks leading up to the rescue.
Officials searched for it with no luck — until the Hawaii Marine Animal Response caught up with the hurt honu late last week.
The turtle was transported for veterinarian help, where an ulua hook was successfully removed. HMAR released the turtle the next day at the same spot where it was found.
The Hawaiian green sea turtle population has been increasing for years, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says commercial fisheries and marine debris still pose a serious threat to the reptiles.
HMAR workers release the sea turtle back in to the ocean. (Video: HMAR/Facebook)