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Sad signs

Kathy Caserta found this dead loggerhead turtle April 5 where it had washed up on the 31st beach street in Holmes Beach. Suzi Fox, of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, responded to examine the turtle and said it was an adult loggerhead, likely a female, and the algae and barnacles are a sign it had been ill for some time. There were no signs of trauma. Fox also said another turtle found a few weeks ago had a brain parasite, but it is responding to rehab. Turtle nesting season begins on Anna Maria Island where nesting is dominated by loggerheads. Islander Photo: Vic Caserta

One Response to Sad signs

  1. Betty Steinacher says:

    We were at Ft Myers beach April 3 and there was one there washed up on the beach. Pretty big one.

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