FRESNO, Calif. (KABC) -- A Northern California fisherman was on the San Joaquin River when he spotted a rare tropical sea turtle, and marine biologists are on the hunt to rescue it before it's too late.
Dan Maloon captured the rare sighting of the reptile on video.
Sea turtles, as the name implies, belong in the ocean, and this particular one was 80 miles from the water.
Marine biologists said the turtle was really off course as the closest nesting area is the central coast of Mexico.
As a result, experts said the turtle could be in trouble because it needs much warmer water to survive.
Lost tropical sea turtle spotted in San Joaquin River in danger