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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  • by gillnets catch the seafood you eat Location: every where in nc on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    gillnets are intended to catch fish. yet the turtle group and anti commercial fishing groups cca and cca would have you beleive we didnt care about turtles, we do not wish harm on sea turtles if a turtle gets caught in a gillnet it is 100% unintentional, these turtles have more rights than a man trying to feed his family, our community depends on commercial fishing. when you live on a island there is no way to make a living but FISH , and i do not mean for fun!!! our families have been commercial fishermen since before they came to america. and these groups will say and do any thing to get us off the water. there is no shortage of sea turtles, they want you to beleive there is , because without a problem they dont need a solution. and right now as i type this real live human beings are in the process of loosing everything they have worked for there whole life. save the fishermen, the turtles dont need any more help. the turtles are recovering. HELP US PLEASE! we need support, not$$$
  • by KW Location: Eastern NC on May 17, 2010 at 12:48 AM
    I hope they punish the guilty party and not all of the innocent people who happen to love the turtles. But you know how our environmentalists work. Sometimes I think they commit these acts in order to pass new restrictions (sacrifice a few to save the many). And I was wondering. Did they tell the turtles that we can only use nets on Monday through Thursday?
  • by local guy Location: ENC on May 16, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    What if the person was an illegal immigrant? Would they be prosecuted? Personally I love turtles, I think they are delicious.
  • by Lou Location: Washington NC on May 16, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    Sad, anonymous and turtle lover I agree. They outta be tied up and dragged until it HURTS!!!! I too LOVE turtles and they cant defend themself leave them alone...
  • by red Location: southern pitt county on May 16, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    the comment the the person named B put on here is ignorant!!! you probably ran over it on purpose!!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 16, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    Nicely put Tug. I've learned something more about fishing today. Thanks.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on May 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    outsidelookingin: Most fishermen have no problem with turtles, Most don't even catch them as any kind of by product. But the national fisheries and turtle groups see it differently and are imposing new laws and regulations for fishing. Nets can only be used Monday thru Thursday, The depths have been limited as well as the size of the mesh. Other gear has been banned outright. What it all comes down to is commercial fishermen can no longer catch enough to sell at deflated prices since imports are so cheap. Which by the way, the imports wouldn't be caught here due to size limits, etc. China, Thailand and Chili do not play be the same rules. I grew up fishing and couldn't make a living at it 20 yrs ago and went to work on tugs. I have no idea how fisherman are feeding their families now. People talk about protected endangered species. Commercial fishermen are an endangered species, how about protecting them?
  • by Brandi Location: camp lejeune on May 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    This is awful and whoever did this ought to be ashamed of themselves. When and if they find the person who did this, they should go to jail. We need to be respectful of the animals and sea life. We can live togther without hurting each other! This saddens me and is unacceptable in my opinion.
  • by B Location: nc on May 16, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    I saw a dea turtle in the road this morning, should I call someone? Cops maybe. Turtle cops, ie wildlife..
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 16, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    Something interesting has come to light in three previous posts; some fishermen have an issue with sea turtles. I had no idea. Do all fishermen feel that way? My husband goes recreational fishing, and I've never heard him say a word about sea turtles getting in the way. They line-fish, but drag nets for shrimp occasionally also. They work the nets though, don't just leave them in the water for extended periods of time. Is that the difference?
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