An Indiana woman received the trip of a lifetime when she was able to take part in a baby sea turtle rescue after it was found trying to cross U.S. Highway 98.
OKALOOSA ISLAND — An Indiana woman received the trip of a lifetime when she was able to take part in a baby sea turtle rescue after it was found trying to cross U.S. Highway 98.
Magdalena Snyder, who is from Greenfield, Indiana, said she was on her sixth-floor balcony at The Island Hotel on Okaloosa Island when she saw a worker showing something to a mother and daughter. Snyder shouted down to the man to ask what they were looking at, and he replied it was a baby sea turtle.
"He was kind enough to stay there and wait for me to get down," she said. "He said he had been here for 27 years and had never seen a baby sea turtle. It was crossing the road when he was coming to work, and he knew it would get hit. He was rescuing it and taking it to the shoreline."
Snyder hit record on her smartphone and captured the man releasing the baby sea turtle into the water. Earlier that morning, she said, she also saw sharks, jellyfish and dolphins.
"It was such an amazing experience," Snyder said. "It was just an absolutely beautiful thing to see. You see them on TV and on the Nature channel, but I never expected to see it myself. To see one was just a blessing."