MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Wildlife officials are trying to determine how a sea turtle ended up dead on a Florida beach.
Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program surveyors told the Miami Herald that the 300-pound female loggerhead sea turtle was found Monday morning.
It appeared that she had been nesting on Miami Beach earlier that morning or the previous night.
Program manager Teal Kawana says they’re not sure what killed the otherwise healthy turtle.
The animal’s body was found at the water line in front of a freshly laid nest.
That nest and another nearby showed signs of being disturbed by ATV tracks and some boot prints.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the turtle’s carcass for a necropsy.
Sea turtles are protected by state and federal law.
STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:
- WATCH: Woman comes face-to-face with intruder in St. Pete home
- Cops: Teacher finds daughter at Lake Wales home, puts 17-year-old boy in chokehold
- Fitness blogger dies after reportedly being hit in chest by exploding whipped cream canister
- Bystanders tried to save Dallas children, 17, 12, who drowned in Tampa hotel pool
- Florida family escapes after hoverboard catches home on fire
- JCPenney aims to hire 400 workers throughout Tampa Bay