Giant Leatherback Turtle Washes Ashore on Long Island

Leatherback Turtle. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Leatherback Turtle. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A more than 6’-long leatherback turtle washed ashore on the Long Island Sound coast of Orient [NY] this week.

The body of the turtle, an endangered species in both New York State and federally, apparently floated onto the sand Monday [Oct. 31], according to neighbors in the Orient by the Sea development.

Debra Iannelli, who lives on Sound View Road, said a friend texted her a picture of the turtle on Wednesday, a day after the Riverhead Foundation arrived at the beach to collect muscle samples. Her husband, Peter, measured the turtle with a measuring tape on their beach, where the turtle washed up.

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