Endangered sea turtle strangled by beach chair

Summary:

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, an endangered species, has been found dead on an Alabama beach, apparently strangled by a beach chair string.

Matt Ware, a member of Fort Morgan Share the Beach, a sea turtle conservation group, shared the news on Facebook including graphic images of the dead turtle.

Ware wrote in a Facebook comment that it is “difficult to tell” how long the turtle has been dead but that it could have been suffering for awhile.

The turtle was tangled in the cords of a red Alabama football beach chair.

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has been on the endangered species list since 1970.

Sea Turtle Conservancy estimate that there are about 7,000 to 9,000 nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtle females left and a turtle’s greatest threat is human activities.  Miami Herald

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