Dead Sea Turtle Found In Charcoal Bin In Hawaii

March 31, 2015

Sad news coming out of Hawaii as a dead sea turtle was found in a charcoal bin amongst a case of empty beer and and other rubbish at Maili Beach Park on the Leeward side of Oahu in Hawaii last weekend and investigators are trying to determine how it got there. The incident has caused a stir on Oahu because sea turtles, or honu in Hawaiian, were revered in Hawaiian culture, especially among the aliʻi or ruling class during the old days. That is in addition to the fact that they are endangered species and should have been taken care of properly. 

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It's incredibly disheartening and even sickening to see an animal thrown away with the trash," Kehau Watson-Sproat, owner of Honua Consulting told Hawaii News Now.

"These photos are horrifying because not only the disrespect that they show to these incredibly important creatures, but prior to the commercialization of turtles as food products, these were animals that were highly revered in the Hawaiian culture, again, particularly amongst alii," Watson-Sproat said.

The turtle was taken By University of Hawaii students under contract by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA will conduct research on the turtle in an attempt to determine how it died. 

NOAA advises that anyone who comes across a dead sea turtle to contact them so they can pick it and try and determine how it died. The protected species is known to ply the waters of the Hawaiian island chain and cannot be disturbed, touched or handled at any time. 

John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 


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