Loggerhead turtles may just fade away
About 80 percent of stranded sea turtles are found dead, victims of disease, boat injuries and entanglements in garbage and fishing line, said Allen Foley, a wildlife biologist and sea turtle expert with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
He said years of increased loggerhead strandings — spiking in the bad red tide year of 2006, when more than 1,200 loggerheads washed ashore — coincide with a 41 percent decline in loggerhead nests on state beaches.
The combination of increased strandings and decreased nests could jeopardize the animals’ long-term survival.
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