Many endangered turtles dying on Texas Gulf Coast
HIGH ISLAND, Texas (AP) - More than 30 dead turtles have been found stranded on beaches south of Houston since the beginning of April.
The deaths are puzzling researchers because the turtles are so decomposed it is difficult to determine the cause of death.
Marine biologist Lyndsey Howell says 35 turtles have been found stranded, double the number normally found as nesting begins in April. Of those turtles, all but three were dead.
Thirty-three were Kemp's ridleys, an endangered species researchers have spent decades trying to rehabilitate.
Howell says some of the turtles have propeller wounds or are entangled in fishing nets or lines, indicating they may have drowned after an interaction with humans.