Recently, a leatherback sea turtle of roughly 500 pounds was found deceased in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Being that loggerhead sea turtles are more commonly found off the shores of North Carolina, it is encouraging news that the leatherback was discovered in this region, as there have not been many sightings of this species. As a matter of fact, according to the North Carolina Sea Grant, there have only been around 39 leatherback nesting sites confirmed in the state since 1966. This sea turtle, in particular, passed due to physiological stress, not the ingestion of plastics, parasites, etc..
The rare sea turtle being moved onto a ship for easier transport to shore, where a necropsy would be performed by biologists. (Photo courtesy of the Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation)
In better news, Indonesian baby sea turtles were found hatching on the beaches of Mera Batiri National Park. On January 6th, the Bangkok Post stated that conservationists had the opportunity to watch dozens of the baby sea turtles hatch, making their way into the Indian Ocean. The beaches at this national park are nesting grounds to many species of turtles, with six of the seven species of sea turtle being found in the archipelago of Indonesia.
Two baby sea turtles heading toward the ocean after hatching. (Photo courtesy of The Bangkok Post)
24.01.2021. Written by Sarah Norris, Edited by Sydney Smith