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Sea turtle found dead on Atlantic Beach

4:28 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A dead sea turtle was found washed up on the beach Monday morning.

Jennifer Burns with Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol said it is possibly a female loggerhead turtle which seemed to have visible eggs.

It is difficult to determine the turtle's cause of death, but Burns said the turtle had obvious signs of slicing, possibly from a boat propeller.

Debbie Cairns lives at the beach and saw the animal.

"I thought it was sad to see such a huge, beautiful creature dead on the beach," she said.

The turtle was buried Monday morning by the city, a common practice for sea turtles, Burns said.

Roughly 20 sea turtles have washed up on Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches this year.

First For You, if you come across a dead sea turtle at the beach, Burns said not to touch it. Instead, call the emergency line of the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at (904) 613-6081.

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