Rare Find: Green Sea Turtle
Found in Alaska
December 06, 2007
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA - A rare find in Alaska of a green sea turtle
was discovered Sunday, December 2nd by Mary Hert, a resident
of Gravina Island, on the beach near her residence. Hert contacted
the NOAA Office for Enforcement in regards to this rare find.
Green Sea Turtle discovered
in the Ketchikan area...
Photograph By NOAA Enforcement Special Agent Drew Mathews
NOAA Office for Enforcement Special Agent Drew Mathews recovered
the deceased sea turtle Monday and transported it to Ketchikan
to be held until it is shipped to Hawaii for a necropsy.
This is the third dead sea
turtle found in the Ketchikan area since 1997. Green sea turtles
live in tropical to subtropical waters and eat sea grass along
with other plant life. They can stand water temperatures as low
as 46 degrees, but when water temperatures become lower than
that their body quits functioning.
According to Mathews, all sea
turtles are protected species.
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