Sea turtle found dead with beach chair string around neck

James Marshall
July 16, 2018

It's a photograph of a dead Kemp's Ridley sea turtle on the beach at the surf's edge, with a red canvas-and-metal folded beach chair wrapped around its neck.

The sea turtle was pictured on its back, apparently strangled to death by a string attached to what would later be revealed to be a collapsed University of Alabama beach chair.

"This makes me so mad", read the Facebook post from Fort Morgan Share The Beach, a local chapter of the Alabama sea turtle protection nonprofit Share The Beach. Chairs that wash out to sea can fatally entangle turtles, and even chairs that remain on the sand overnight can become major obstacles to nesting turtles and hatchlings.

The adult female Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was located during a Saturday morning turtle patrol, overseen by a volunteer conservation group, Share the Beach, which works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

Share the Beach spokeswoman Debbie Harbin said barnacles were also found on the beach chair, meaning it had been in the water for a while. She urges beachgoers to clean up their belongings and trash. It should just be common decency. The main threats to the species, which is found along a small stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, include pollution, climate change and habitat loss.

According to the post, Kemp's Ridley turtles are critically endangered.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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