Highly Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Found Strangled By Beach Chair

Source: EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

Photo: NPS/Wikimedia Commons 

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An extremely endangered sea turtle was found dead on a Fort Morgan, Alabama beach Saturday, strangled by an abandoned beach chair, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

The turtle’s death was documented by a series of Facebook posts by the Fort Morgan branch of Alabama sea turtle conservation group Share the Beach.

WARNING! GraphicThis Kemps Ridley which in on the endangered list was found this morning with this chair around it’s…

Posted by Fort Morgan Share the Beach on Saturday, July 14, 2018

“This makes me so mad. How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up? It should just be common decency. I think I am going to print this out and carry it with me next time I have to ask,” the first post said.

The posts identified the turtle as a Kemp’s ridley turtle, which are the smallest species of sea turtle, according to the Miami Herald, and also the most endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

They typically nest in Texas and Mexico but have been found in the Gulf, WPMI reported.

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