Turtle Found Tied Up and Dead

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

A wildlife expert says a rare sea turtle that was found tied up and dead on a North Carolina beach may have been intentionally dragged behind a boat.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that the Kemp's ridley sea turtle washed ashore Friday.

Sea turtle rescue center executive director Jean Beasley said the animal's flippers were tied together with twine or rope, and a piece of twine trailed away from the flippers as if the turtle had been dragged or towed by a boat.

Her center -- the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center -- is offering a reward for information about the animal's death.

The Kemp's Ridley is one of the smallest marine turtles in the world and is listed as an endangered species.


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