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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2011
On November 7, 2011, a rare sighting of a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) was made by MBNMS staff at the commercial wharf in Monterey, CA. Opportunistic photos and videos were captured by staff and sent to local sea turtle experts, whom positively identified it as a relatively old male Green sea turtle.
Green sea turtles are generally found south of San Diego, but in the eastern Pacific, have been sighted as far north as southern Alaska. This turtle was certainly outside of its normal range, and is considered a very rare sighting in Monterey, especially in such close proximity to shore and a public wharf.
The green turtle was listed under the Endangered Species Act on July 28, 1978. The breeding populations in Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico are listed as endangered, and threatened elsewhere. In 2004, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Green sea turtle as an endangered species, worldwide.
For more information, visit www.sanctuarymonitoring.org.