An endangered loggerhead sea turtle as found on Padre Island National Seashore wrapped in a complete and discarded fishing outfit.
Staffers from the Padre Island National Seashore Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery were called to the scene of a dead sea turtle at the famous national seashore.
What they found was a loggerhead turtle, an already endangered species, wrapped in fishing gear. Added to the already bad news of a deceased rare sea creature was the fact that it was found entangled in a complete fishing rig: rod, reel, and all the line.
The Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery Facebook page posted pictures of the dead animal along with staff members trying to comprehend the event. While certainly not the tragedy had it been a human life, these famous sea turtles are a living reminder of the ocean's quantity and quality of life.
One look at the photographic evidence and nature lovers everywhere, including sportfishing enthusiasts, will be mortified.
The Padre Island NS Facebook page said, "As you can see from the images, the fishing line was wrapped around the neck and the flippers. The fishing line may have restricted movement, which may have prevented the turtle from being able to surface for air."
In the state of Texas if you find a sick, injured or dead turtle, you're asked to call: 361-949-8173 ext. 226 (during regular business hours) or 361-876-8462 (after hours or on holidays).
Elsewhere in Lone Star State, call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to get the regional contact number for your area.
While this could have been a simple case of accidentally lost gear, authorities could certainly examine the retrieved outfit and narrow it down to a time and location where it was purchased.