Tampa Florida. An endangered species sea turtle that a fisherman in Florida wanted to cook and eat has been sent back to the wild.
Susan Coy who is an official with the Florida Aquarium told the Tampa Tribune the fisherman whose name was not released to the public caught a ridley sea turtle in May. The fisherman placed the turtle in his tank in his back yard in Tampa.
The fisherman wanted to cook the sea turtle for a soup but his neighbor reported him to the authorities.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse said the fisherman told investigators he did not know the sea turtle was an endangered species.
The 15 pound sea turtle for obvious reasons was named "Lucky" was rehanbilitated at the aquarium in Tampa and on Wednesday was released into the wild where he can live his remaining years of life.
The term turtle soup reminds of the cartoon series Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles.
News sources Tampa Tribune, WWLTV.com and Associated Press.