Sea Turtles Are Washing Up On Mass Beaches in Droves

WELLFLEET, MA  (WBZ-AM)--Sea turtles are washing ashore in New England, many of them an endangered species called Kemp's Ridley. At least 173 of the more than 200 turtles that have appeared on area beaches have died. Experts report the phenomenon is not uncommon, but the number of those stranded this year is way above normal. Scientists say the mass beachings might be due to a warming trend in the Gulf of Maine, which has slowed the turtle's regular southern migration catching them in colder than usual water.  Mass Audubon Director Bob Prescott tells the Associated Press it's possible the region could see nearly 1,000 stranded turtles before the new year.

 

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