Hi! Where is this located? It is very important that you report this find. I am a marine biologist and am familiar with the issues facing Kemp's Ridley and other sea turtle species. The Kemp's Ridley is protected under a number of endangered species acts. It is unlawful to possess the shell or skull without properly notifying authorities first. Learn more about it here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/...empsridley.htm Since the body appears to be relatively intact, I imagine they would have a better chance of identifying the cause of death and other important biological data.
The US is at the forefront of fishery conservation on the global scale. We made plenty of mistakes in the past, still are making some today. However, we, unlike many other countries globally, have learned from our mistakes. We are now OVER-regulated in many areas thanks to the current makeup of NOAA and NMFS bureaucrats. We have massive stocks of many popular species in our waters now that continue to build at a very healthy rate
Here's the problem on a global scale: The UN (which we fund more than all the other members combined) requires the US to also abide by it's global fishing treaties. But guess what, the UN does not require any other member country to abide by the treaties in so far as they just turn a blind eye. Your example of the "chilean seabass" being perfect. That fishery is fished mainly by European and Asian industrial fishing fleets. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are another great example. The UN turns a blind eye to the overfishing occurring in Asian waters and, even worse, they do nothing about the Mediterranean net fishery for the juvenile, pre-brooding stock because most North African countries are considered "developing" which pretty much means they can do what they want. Anyway, long story short, the US does more than it's part in protecting our ocean wildlife.
As far as the turtle, probably a loggerhead. And at 5' in length, more than likely a very old one that probably died of old age.
If he had only learned to stayabovetheweather life could have been gruvi.
not really sure what turtle it is, but i hope it died of old age and not an environmental hazard
maybe it lived a full life, laid many eggs and just died of old age
I dont think it could bare to live in the same waters as Gruvi, commitied suicide... poor guy I feel your pain
i've seen some pretty weird/scary stuff wash up on the beach, but never a sea turtle. i've been in the water with turtles that were alive for (lack of a better word) in south carolina and puerto rico, but never seen one this far north. i wonder what it was doing up here