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Dead Endangered Sea Turtle Washes Ashore in Delaware

Posted: Jul 11, 2017 1:21 PM Updated:
This dead leatherback sea turtle washed ashore in Rehoboth Beach on Monday. (Photo credit: City of Rehoboth Beach Facebook page) This dead leatherback sea turtle washed ashore in Rehoboth Beach on Monday. (Photo credit: City of Rehoboth Beach Facebook page)

SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Officials say a dead leatherback sea turtle has washed ashore in southern Delaware.

The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute says the roughly 5-foot-long (2-meter-long) estimated sub-adult turtle was discovered in Rehoboth Beach on Monday morning.

MERR executive director Suzanne Thurman says that it appears the turtle could've been hit by a large ship's propeller but they cannot tell if a gash on the animal came postmortem or not. She says that leatherback sea turtles are an endangered species.

Thurman says leatherbacks are one of four species that swim in waters near Delaware, and MERR responds to between 40 and 55 reports of sea turtles washing up onshore each season.

Anyone who spots a dead or distressed animal is urged to call MERR’s 24-hour hotline at 302-228-5029.

 

 

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