By Outer Banks Voice on January 9, 2021
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…”