Dead Sea Turtle Found At Second Street South
By Space Coast Daily // April 9, 2013
CONSERVATION & PRESERVATION
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – A dead sea turtle was found at at Second Street South in Cocoa Beach. Wildlife Rescue was informed and the cause of the death of the turtle is undetermined at this time.
Sea turtles like this one are air-breathing reptiles remarkably adapted to life in the sea. A streamlined shape, large size and powerful fore flippers enable them to dive to great depths and travel long distances.
Although at home on the ocean, sea turtles are tied to the land because females must leave the water to lay their eggs in a sandy beach like that of Brevard County.
Sea turtles once roamed the oceans by the millions, but over the past few centuries the demand for sea turtle meat, eggs, shell, leather and oil has greatly reduced their number. Populations continue to decline because of the trade in sea turtle products and the loss of essential habitat.
Thousands of sea turtles drown in shrimp trawls every year and others die from pollutants and non-degradable debris in the ocean. Concern for the plight of sea turtles is growing and around the world, conservationists, governmental agencies, public and private organizations, corporations and individuals are working to protect sea turtles on nesting beaches and at sea.