A deceased loggerhead sea turtle weighing more than 150 pounds was found floating in the Gulf east of the pier on Saturday afternoon. Cinnamon Holderman with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol was called out to assess the turtle. The turtle had very pronounced propeller cuts into the shell. Cathy Holmes, also with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol, explained to Navarre Press how a propeller can kill or hurt a turtle. “A sea turtle’s spine and ribs are fused to the shell and is a living part of their body that grows, sheds and bleeds. A propeller can quite easily cut through the shell, often severing or damaging the spine, causing death or paralysis.”
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