‘A sad find’

By on January 9, 2021

(Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation)

This was posted by Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation in the early afternoon on Jan. 9.

“A sad find on the soundside. We usually get cold stunned sea turtles in the sound this time of the year. Normally they are greens, kemps or loggerheads. This morning a turtle volunteer found this Leatherback. It is fresh dead and I didn’t see any obvious signs of trauma. Leatherbacks can handle colder water so we really don’t know what happened here. Samples were taken for an aging study, but we won’t really know why it died. It is also in a pretty rough location for necropsy and moving a 600 to 800 pound turtle by hand isn’t likely. They are beautiful creatures that we know so little about…”


  • hightider

    What a magnificent creature…

    Saturday, Jan 9 @ 3:50 pm
  • Travis

    Poor fella.

    Sunday, Jan 10 @ 4:06 pm
  • sandflea

    I just can’t imagine how these creatures survived the last 100,000,000 years without our help. Just absolutely amazing.

    Monday, Jan 11 @ 9:05 am
  • Travis

    I think the point it they were doing just fine until homo sapiens came along and started chopping them with props, poisoning the water and sweeping them up in fishing nets. Since there are fewer critters as a result, some people feel they need to take a little extra care with the ones that are left.
    Tough concept, I know, but believe it or not there are a lot of people who don’t get it.

    Monday, Jan 11 @ 6:13 pm