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Stranded, 700-pound sea turtle euthanized in Virginia

MADAGASCAR, INDIAN OCEAN - APRIL 2020: Close-up on a female green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) laying eggs on a beach on April 21, 2020, North of Madagascar, Indian Ocean. A green sea turtle can lay around 150 eggs. Only 2% of hatchling turtles survive after reaching the ocean. (Photo by Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
MADAGASCAR, INDIAN OCEAN - APRIL 2020: Close-up on a female green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) laying eggs on a beach on April 21, 2020, North of Madagascar, Indian Ocean. A green sea turtle can lay around 150 eggs. Only 2% of hatchling turtles survive after reaching the ocean. (Photo by Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images) (2019 Alexis Rosenfeld)

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Aquarium team had to euthanize a 700-pound sea turtle that became stranded on a beach.

The aquarium’s Stranding Response Team was called to a Norfolk beach Monday morning after beachgoers noticed the giant leatherback turtle on the shore.

Witnesses said there was blood on its shell and the reptile spent hours walking in circles toward the water.

Once it got in, it could not swim well and was repeatedly being washed ashore.

Aquarium spokeswoman Natalie Sims said the team monitored the turtle and decided to euthanize it Tuesday. Experts say that Leatherbacks can be up to 7 feet long and weigh up to 2,000 pounds.


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