Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Kemps ridley trapped in beach furniture

Large debris such like this lawn chair is one of many threats to marine turtles. This kemp's ridley became entrapped and drowned in this chair. Not only can beach furniture trap turtles, it can also cause a "false crawl" where nesting females encounter a disturbance or obstacle when they come up on the beach to nest and return to the sea without laying any eggs.


Image Credit: Turtle Time Inc.



FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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