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Endangered sea turtle found dead on Gulf shore with a beach chair around its neck

The sea turtle was found dead after being strangled to death by a chair. [Photo courtesy of the Fort Morgan Share the Beach Facebook page]
Published Jul. 14, 2018

Early Saturday morning, beachgoers found a dead sea turtle on the shore of an Alabama beach.

The Fort Morgan Share the Beach Facebook page posted that the Kemp's Ridley turtle had been strangled by a chair. The group suspects that the chair had been in the water for a while as it had barnacles on it.

In the post, the sea turtle conservation group implores everyone who goes to the beach to leave with everything they came with. The chair was likely left behind and swept away with the tide.

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle has been on the endangered species list since December 2, 1970 with the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1970, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Turtle conservation is a focus of many groups, especially in Florida.

Earlier this year, scientists and volunteers helped save more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.

As cold-blooded animals, turtles are susceptible to cold snaps. When they get too cold, their movements slow down drastically and it becomes difficult for them to survive.

Volunteers in Florida also make huge efforts to protect nests of sea turtles, ensuring that the future generations are protected.

The volunteers go out before sunrise and look for eggs, marking them off so bystanders don't damage the nests.

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