Dozens of turtles found dead on New Jersey beach

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Dozens of dead diamondback turtles were found dumped on a Sea Isle City beach earlier this week. The turtles were discovered on a stretch of beach near 20th Street.

The Sea Isle City Beach Patrol says that shortly before noon on Memorial Day, they were called to the 20th Street area after a woman found about 80 dead diamondback terrapins spread across the beach.

“When we got there we saw about 65 turtles in a grouping and about 10 feet away was a commercial crab trap,” said Sea Isle City Beach Patrol Chief Renny Steele. “I’ve been here since 1968 and I’ve never seen something of this nature. The crab trap was cut, the line was cut.”

No one has taken responsibility and the beach patrol is handing over the crab trap to state wildlife regulators to investigate. One thing Steele knows is that the trap didn’t have turtle guards, which are required in many Jersey Shore crabbing spots.

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